Ever wanted to go on a date with a stranger without messaging them first? Me neither, but First, a new dating app launched today, wants to make that happen.
Unlike Tinder and Bumble, there’s no swiping involved. Instead, people connect First to their Facebook accounts and look for posted dates from an open feed.
People can search for dates through categories like movie, food, and drinks. There is even an option to search by who is paying (including a 50/50 split option).
Users who post dates then select from those in the area who are interested (though, since the date ideas give time and location, there’s no stopping someone else from crashing your date).
The date closes four hours before the set time. From there, there’s no messaging or exchanging contact info. Users can flake twice, but after that they are banned.
Like Uber, users are secretly rated after their dates. People who go on a few successful dates (as per their ratings) are then verified with a checkmark next to their names.
Truman Kain, the 25-year-old founder, started the app because he “hates wasting time and wants to make things simpler and more effective in multiple industries, the first of which is dating.” (Sidenote: Obama follows him on Twitter.)
Since the app is brand new, it’s only available on iOS, and there’s not a big pool of dates to choose from. First may be more efficient in getting people dates, though, since one-third of online daters have never met up with someone in real life. Going on so many dates, however can get pretty expensive (the average single person in America spent $1,596 on dating last year).
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