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If the idea of having to speak to a stranger causes you to settle into a perma-cringe, you’re not alone — but that friction is exactly the point of Hotline, which launched on Monday.
You might still be curled up in a little ball at the thought of it all, but Ballantyne says that during their beta testing (which involved 500 users), the average call length was 25 minutes.
(The longest lasted 40 minutes.) After a pair talked, there was typically a very low volume of messaging that followed, presumably because they’d either planned an in-person meeting or they realized there wasn’t much to say and moved on. You can text all day long, but until you actually talk to someone you don’t know whether there’s really something there.
“Hotline wants you to stop swiping and start discerning,“ according to their press release.
And when I spoke to Ballantyne, he stressed how keen he was to keep people from seeing their potential dates as commodities, which can be hard on the big apps where you’re matching with hundreds or even of thousands of people.