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The hush-hush version of the app, tailored to the dating world's most exclusive bachelors and bachelorettes, promises an increased level of privacy to people who are wary of being overexposed.
It theoretically increases the likelihood of love matches by narrowing the net that gets cast, dividing users into tiers based on algorithmic scores.
But at its worst, the same filters that help us find what we we're searching for can all too easily become barriers that blind us to the best of what's around us, or — in the case of Tinder — to Ramona Pringle is an associate professor in the RTA School of Media and director of the Transmedia Zone at Ryerson University.And while Tinder hasn't been exactly forthcoming about the criteria it uses to decide who makes the Select cut, the preference is clearly for those who have that magic blend of affluence, attractiveness and notoriety.The rise of exclusive apps like Tinder Select is, in a way, part of the natural ebb and flow of digital trends and user behaviours.That is, unless you're in the romantic "one per cent" — a group attractive enough, successful enough and elite enough to get your own velvet rope experience.But is the exclusive version of the app really a step in the right direction?
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