You’ve probably heard of The Inner Circle by now. The dating app has been flying around our Facebook newsfeed for the past few months, accumulating a wave of heated reactions and bitter comments. Why? Because some deem the initial profile screenings, exclusive parties, polo events and general concept behind the apparently ‘elitist’ dating app as extremely pretentious. In reality, however, all The Inner Circle really do is eliminate all the shit stuff that comes with dating in the 21st Century (time-wasters, weirdos and the need for awful conversation starters.)
Of course, we were sceptical when we first heard about The Inner Circle. But when we gave it a try (yes – I made ‘the cut’, boom!), we were pleasantly surprised. The strange thing? The other people on the app weren’t arseholes. We were expecting Made In Chelsea clones, lots of ‘rah’ and Daddy’s money, but they were just people, like many of us, who want to find a way to cut through the bullsh*t and disappointment you get on other dating apps.
Yes, the screening process itself seems a little harsh: The Inner Circle have a team dedicated to checking out people’s Facebook & LinkedIn profiles. But who isn’t guilty of ‘stalking’ potential suitors? The Inner Circle are effectively doing the hard work for us. The app itself is actually nicer than the likes of Tinder – there’s no cruel swiping or rejection involved – it simply allows you to message those you fancy speaking to. Plus, after attending one of the frequent events The Inner Circle put on for its members, you realise that they offer a far more sociable, pleasant and all-round friendlier way to meet people. We went to one event at the Century Club and were greeted only by like-minded, wonderful – but different – people. And no one was there for a quick and easy ride.