Should there be a dating app that only targets the elite in Singapore?
Move aside, Tinder. A new dating app is coming to town this December. But, you will first have to be an "elite" to use the app.
What's going on?
In Jan 2016, two Anglo Chinese School alumni members and a "random angmoh" have claimed to have invested approximately S$69,980 (or US$52,000) of their money to create Ivory, a dating app for elite Singaporeans.
The idea behind Ivory, expected to launch in December, is inspired by a similar, controversial dating app in the United States called The League.
The Ivory team described themselves on Facebook: "Maybe a dating app for Singapore's high-achievers. Maybe a by-product of elitism, meritocracy and the Graduate Mother's Scheme."
To qualify for the dating service, touted as "Asia's first members-only dating app", users must declare their profession as well as their alma mater.
THE WAITLIST APPLICATION FOR IVORY.
The announcement of the app in January caused an uproar online, especially amongst youths who spoke strongly against the idea that certain people be considered superior.
A COMMENTER EXPRESSES HER DISTASTE FOR THE IDEA BEHIND THE APP.
Ngee Ann Polytechnic mass communications student, Vidhyashni Parimalan, 19, said: "I don't think there should be this kind of segregation. I mean, we all live in Singapore. We are all educated to some extent, and there is already enough competition around. Now we have to measure how educated we are as compared to our friends with a dating app? No thank you!"
Besides pairing up its "elite" users, the app also claims to be the "solution to Singapore's declining birth rate."
However, some felt that the app might help targeted users meet their potential spouses faster, especially if they are already struggling to meet someone within their social circles.
A SCREENGRAB FROM THE IVORY WEBSITE.
Ngee Ann Polytechnic student Hannah David, 19, said: "I think it's a good idea. A lot of young people know what they want in terms of a relationship, and this app gives them contacts with hardly any fuss."
Sonia Shantilal, 25, shared similar sentiments about the app.
The University of New South Wales law graduate said: "Perhaps some people want to find someone who is educated, or at least as educated as they are. Like-minded people do attract. All this app does is to make it easier for people to quickly sift through the masses to find who they want. There's no shame in that."
What's your take?
- Do you think that there should be a dating app just for elites?
- Would you be open to dating someone from a service like Ivory?
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