It's a scary concept if you're shy or hate calls, but the hope is that you'll quickly find out whether or not the real person is as interesting as their profile.
In Hotline's newly launched service, however, it's not just prominent... The mobile app requires that you have a 5-minute voice call with your prospective partner (thankfully, without using your phone number) before you can message them.(which isn't that great but man, that was, like, the dream of the '90s) or because I was obsessed with coding as a teen (shut up, I was so cool, you guys) or because I work too much or because I'm hardly ever at bars unless I'm performing and even then, when someone hits on me it's like throwing flirtation into the wind and hoping it lands somewhere near my brain. Seriously, if I had a dime for every time a friend told me, "Lane, they were hitting on you!!!" or even, "Lane, they're totally in love with you and have been for over eight years," I'd have at least 70 cents, maybe 90.I just don't pick up on it unless you literally say, "Hello, I like your face and body. Don't post a photo of your face that is not your actual face.I would like to go somewhere with your face and body with the intent to date or have sex with you."Point is, I guess I just always assumed that the traditional meet-cutes of movies and TV were bullshit unless you were super outgoing and out at bars every single night, or if you were a fancy lawyer with no time for dating but then one day your heel gets stuck in a street grate. When I started online dating, it was fantastic in most ways. We all have that one ridiculous angle that makes us look like we're Angelina Jolie in her prime (which was , BTW), and that's great, but if this person can't recognize you when you meet in person because in person you look more like Wednesday Addams, choose another photo. If they make you feel sexy and happy, take 'em every second. You're just starting out, so it's OK to only reveal a little bit because you have no idea who these people are or how this thing works and it's kind of scary!