Dating apps can involve a lot of swiping and not necessarily a lot of dates, but a new app called First is looking to change all that. It literally forces you to go on a date.
So how does it work? You set up a profile on the app, and then either post your very own date idea and time or scroll through date ideas and times other people have posted.
If you're the one who posted the date idea, you can sit back and wait as interested people of your preferred gender in your area submit to join you. Once you see someone you're also interested in, you accept their submission, and the two of you show up for the date. On the flip side, if you’re the person submitting for dates you’re interested in, you can submit your interest up to four hours before the actual date is supposed to take place.
Unfortunately, bailing on a first date for any reason will have you marked as a no-show on the app, which is a big deal since they have a "No Flakes" policy, which bans users after they acquire two no-shows. Users also get to rate their dates once they're over.
Your date rating won’t show up on your profile, but a few successful dates will result in a glowing check mark on your profile that “verifies” you as a good date.