Do you have a high-enough-status job that I want to continue talking to you?
”Strangers ask each other these seemingly innocent questions all the time at bars, but the underlying meaning is clear: Are you intelligent for me to be interested?
But dating services Sparkology and The League are unabashed about who makes the cut -- accomplished young professionals.
On Sparkology’s website, it says, “All members are college educated young professionals.
In response to women’s experiences on other sites, we require men to be verified grads of good universities.” The site has a unique format -- women pay a monthly subscription from $25 to $40 (depending on how many months they purchase) and men pay $3 per message, so that they’re not copy/pasting dozens of messages to send out.
Dating app The League launched in New York in May (it is only available in San Francisco and New York), and it already has approximately 50,000 people on the waiting list (the app has approximately 10,000 active users in New York.
The site brags, “SKIP THE VETTING: Remember last time you talked to that dude/chick in the bar for a full hour before they told you they were [18/backpacking from Sydney/living on their parent’s couch/commuting from White Plains]?
We do all that dirty work for you.” We tested out both services at Metro to see how they stack up.
SPARKOLOGYSparkology is a paid dating website (with an app to accompany it) that is “for young professionals.” It purports to only allow in men from elite schools, but for whatever reason, it doesn’t matter where the women get their degrees.
The feature that sets Sparkology apart is that women are allowed to approach whomever they want, but men are limited to a set number of messages and must pay per message instead of an unlimited subscription.
The idea is that the rules will get men to be more thoughtful about their messages instead of sending out mass “Hi” notes. It looks like something from the “You’ve Got Mail” era.