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But Hotline founder Sam Ballantyne, who turns 28 on Valentine's Day, set out to do the opposite.
He created the app to introduce as much "friction" as possible into dating so people only interact with each other "when they really want to." Ballantyne said the idea for Hotline actually came after matching with a woman on Tinder last April.
All conversations with peer advocates via phone, chat or text are free and confidential.
You will never be asked for your name or other contact information, but an advocate may ask for your age and city to find local resources for you.
A new batch of dating services are cropping up that push back on the infamous swipe. The concept of swiping through profile pictures became a new normal for dating apps -- but it places the emphasis on physical appearance in the search for love, or hookups.
The live chat (IM-style) is not a public chat room.
Calls take place in-app so the company can keep track of how long they last.
After the first call, people will be able to message each other.
"I wanted to build something that made it easier to give whoever you were messaging the time they deserve." Hotline is joined by other new apps trying to improve the state of online dating.
Ona, which launched this month, matches users to experts (matchmakers, therapists, dating coaches, online profile editors) to help navigate online dating.