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The future of the first date

An illustration of dating app features.
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First, dating apps moved the experience of bumping into a good-looking stranger online. Now, the apps are coming for first dates.

Driving the news: The League, an exclusive dating platform that requires users to link to their LinkedIn accounts and wait for approval to join, is out with a new service called League Live. Those who sign up can go on three speed video chat dates within the app every week — it's yet another iconic step in courtship being relegated to smartphones.

The big picture, per Amanda Bradford, the founder of The League: The first date as we know it will soon be a thing of the past.

  • “In-person first dates will definitely be replaced by digital dates, as the stakes are lower and with video chatting you can figure out whether or not you click within the first few minutes,” she told Quartz.

Go deeper: Deep Dive: The future of dating