As you know, weeding out losers is like 90 percent* of the work when it comes to online dating. But a new dating app, The Grade, does this work for you by banning users who are unpopular, unresponsive or inappropriate. The free iPhone app could be the answer to the often hostile environment, especially for women, of online dating.
“Although mobile dating apps have exploded in popularity, feedback has painted a picture of horrific user experiences on existing dating apps,” Clifford Lerner, CEO of Snap Interactive, which developed The Grade, said in a release. “We believe mobile daters deserve a superior experience and decided to create The Grade to eliminate the inappropriate, hostile and undesirable singles that currently taint the mobile dating pool.”
The Grade was launched after a survey of 1,000 mobile daters found that 73 percent of women who use mobile dating apps said they have received an inappropriate photo, 77 percent have been asked to send nude pictures and 90 percent have received sexually suggestive messages. The survey also found that a resounding 91 percent of women would prefer a dating service that filtered out these creeps.
To see evidence of men being enraged jerks to women online, look no further than the “Bye Felipe” Instagram account, which aims to expose the men who turn hostile when rejected or ignored. The point being that whether a woman responds with a simple “No” or doesn’t respond at all can unleash an absurd amount of fury from the rejected men. Despite this, some men will argue that being ignored is disrespectful, in which case, The Grade may appeal to them since it grades both men and women on the same three categories.
The Grade uses an algorithm to assign letter grades to users ranging from A+ to F in three categories - popularity, responsiveness and message quality. The popularity grade is based on the quality of a user’s profile and how often a person is liked on the app. The response rate grade is based on how often a user responds to messages and gets a response back, while the message quality grade is based on the content of a person’s messages and checks for spelling mistakes, use of slang and inappropriate words.
Everyone using the service will be able to see user’s individual grades as well as the combined average grade. Users need to maintain a D grade average or higher or they will be banned from the app. But The Grade will warn users if they fall below a C grade and give them instructions on how to improve their grade.
The Grade works similarly to Tinder where users sign up with Facebook and swipe right on photos of users they’re interested in and left on those they’re not. But unlike Tinder, when you tap on a photo to find out more about a user, you’ll see their online dating grade. The Grade also features a “back” button, similar to the “undo” button on the new premium Tinder Plus paid-for service that lets you go back one person.
Like Tinder, users will only be able to contact each other if both parties swipe right. Since users will be graded on responsiveness, you might only want to swipe right if you’re serious about starting a conversation with that person. But then again if The Grade works as planned then only quality matches should be on the app.
*not a real statistic