Back when people primarily met at parties, bars, clubs, etc., we established baseline physical/chemical attraction before learning someone's name and long before a first date. (We eyeballed 'em, we said hello, we made a moment's small talk.) With apps, however, we can't establish baseline physical/chemical attraction until our first face-to-face meeting—until after that "first date," which itself comes after we've swapped flirty messages, sent additional pics, and made a plan to meet. Since apps mean more "first dates," it feels like we're meeting a lot more "serial first daters" these days. We aren't—it's just that now we have to meet up with people to eyeball 'em, say hello, and make small talk. Don't think of that first meeting with someone you met via an app as a "first date," think of it as the preinterview before the first date.