What The League Has to Offer
The League presents itself as a no nonsense dating app for those seeking professional, ambitious and intelligent singles. Rather than being a dating app anyone with a Facebook account can join, only the highly-motivated get in. In other words, the app claims to sort out the randoms and creeps while offering a targeted and more private experience with top notch dating options for those who make it past the velvet ropes (yes, there’s a waitlist). Here’s what to expect IF you get in.
Download and Sign Up
Anyone can download the app and it is free but don’t expect to start searching right away. Most devices are waitlisted meaning The League can be on your phone or other mobile device but you can’t use it. What you can do, however, is set your preferences, upload a photo, connect to Facebook and the very important LinkedIn for employment verification. Preference options include:
• Whether you are looking for males, females or both
• Desired age range
• Distance from you
All the above helps the algorithm determine whether you’re accepted.
Users are selected based on a number of criteria. This includes the university attended, degree, professional title, industry and past professions but that isn’t it. The application’s internal system used to shortlist new users also takes preferences and referrals into account. As you know, referrals are simply recommendations from other users while preferences are more of a determining factor. The pickier you are the harder it is to get in. The system determines the number of users who fit your specific requirements so the more it can do for you, the more likely you are to get in. The overall idea of the selection process is that those accepted into “The League” are serious professionals who made the effort to get in and will, therefore, take dating more seriously. The only way to avoid the waitlist is getting someone already on the app to give you their one ticket for a friend.
The app claims to sort out the randoms and creeps while offering a targeted and more private experience with top notch dating options for those who make it past the velvet ropes (yes, there’s a waitlist).
Once You’re In
If/when you’re accepted, you’ll soon discover that options are limited, to say the least. The app allows users to view 5 potential matches per day and then you’re done. Profile information displayed is:
• “About Me” section
• City of residence
You either swipe right if interested or swipe left if you prefer to pass. There is also an icon on the top right which enables users to view all their matches. The thing is, matches expire after 21 days so if you see someone you like, it is best to get the ball rolling. The chat feature is nothing special. Capabilities are basic and present users with an easy way to communicate.
A Quality Community
You will feel like you just entered the elite country club of online dating apps. Sort through the members and you will only find people with graduate degrees from good if not Ivy League schools like Harvard and Brown with very impressive job titles. They appear to be true professionals who are at the top of their field making it great for those also in that elite and very intellectual group. When you think about it, such a community is a niche all its own. This one is just populated by tech executives, lawyers, doctors, and entrepreneurs.
Yeah, the app labels you based on your activity. This is kind of their way of rewarding and reprimanding. Active users of the app who promptly respond to messages tend to make the best match and popular lists while those who carelessly swipe, rarely log on and/or have a significant number of messages they haven’t replied to earn the flaky label.
Lastly, let’s talk security. The League brings something special to the table in terms of discretion. When you connect your Facebook and LinkedIn, your profile is automatically hidden from friends, coworkers and business connections so users actually feel safe on the app. The League’s algorithm also keeps deceptive people and creeps to a minimum. In fact, most have no problems at all.
If you are a well-educated individual looking for a serious relationship, try getting into The League. It is a great app with a lot to offer. The rules are a bit stricter but they manage to maintain a light and fun atmosphere minus the expected pretention.