You know what annoys me about Tinder? Poor people, like all those commoners who make less than $250,000 per year. It’s just so cumbersome to weed through all those losers — like teachers, lawyers and graphic designers — and all that swiping left makes my thumb ache. As I recline on my chaise lounge with a golden goblet of Evian, I often think, “Won’t someone solve this Tinder poverty problem for me?”
Ladies, someone has heard our cry for help. A nameless Silicon Valley CEO (presumably because he should be hanging his head in shame) has recently launched a new dating site called Luxy, which he bills as “Tinder, minus the poor people.”
It allows the wildly wealthy, including CEOs, models and people with the dubious job title of “millionaire” to rub proverbial elbows with one another, without all the riffraff. In a recent press release, a Luxy spokesperson explained, “Look, these members drive the best cars, hang out at the fanciest hotels, live in the biggest houses, wear the best clothes. It doesn’t take long to weed out those who belong on a different kind of dating site.” Like, a dating site that isn’t based on comparing favorite luxury brands.
The site and its app work like Tinder, complete with swipe function and private messaging when there is a match. In a major design flaw, however, there is no income check for membership, so I’m going to go ahead and bet that pranksters and wannabes will soon flood the site. Not that I’m hoping for that, or anything.
Seriously, though, Luxy is indicative of an alarming trend in the way Americans meet each other. It makes sense to seek out a partner with shared interests, background and even educational level. I’ll even grant that similar income levels are likely to ease relationship difficulties. However, it is unacceptable to create a caste system — complete with Luxy’s definition of untouchables — in a nation that claims to value equality. If the wildly wealthy want to meet and marry the wildly wealthy, so be it. But we’re sinking to a new low if we believe it’s OK to further separate the haves from the have-nots.
We already live separately in our communities, political affiliations, churches and universities. Can’t we just leave dating sites alone?