Face it: Dating can be exhausting. And while online dating has in some ways made the task easier, all those apps can also flood your phone with oddballs and creeps whose interests have nothing in common with yours. The Inner Circle is different.
The app's tagline is "carefully selected, cleverly connected," and it makes good on that promise by vetting its users and strategically pairing them based on similar interests and backgrounds. It delivers quality over quantity, thanks to a team that does the Internet stalking for you by checking out people's Facebook and LinkedIn profiles and only admitting those that appear legit.
Instead of checking "yes" or "no" boxes when filling out your own profile, you're encouraged to talk about your favorites restaurants, bands, bars, travel spots, and hobbies. The idea is that users are able to envision what it would be like to spend time with each other, as there's a huge difference in people who regularly attend raves and those who prefer dinner and a movie at home.
Think this sounds elitist? It's not. The app is actually nicer than the others, because there's no cruel swiping or rejection. A familiar chat setup encourages communication, and The Inner Circle regularly hosts cool parties around the world for its users so they can get offline and meet in real life.
Founded in 2013, The Inner Circle swept Europe before making its way to America's coastal big cities. Now it's in Texas, where users in Dallas and Houston can start their smarter search for The One.
See if you make the cut by registering for free here.