Do your friends even social media if they haven’t had a gander at the popular dating app, Tinder? I don’t think so as Tinder has an estimated 50 million users worldwide and out of that whopping number, a fair few have tied the knot because of it. I mean, I’m sure you’ve heard a story or two about Tinder leading to a long, fulfilling relationship, alongside the horror stories of people being Catfished or seriously freaked out by a potential love-interest.
While I can’t say I’ve ever actually met up with someone who I have matched with on Tinder, I must admit that all my experiences on it have been rather entertaining. You can’t not be amused when you’re provided with the most cringe-inducing chat up lines by men (and women) who truly believe that their one-liners are going to make you swoon. And I know that not everyone
is like that on Tinder – certainly, two strangers disregarded every
Josh Avsec, 22, matched with 21-year-old Michelle Arendas on Tinder in 2014 and since then they have been involved in a rather unconventional relationship – wherein they only talked to each other every couple of months… for a whopping three years.
Eventually the situation got so bad that Tinder decided to intervene. So let’s take a look at how it all began.
When someone strikes your fancy on a dating app, you message them, just like Josh did back in 2014. However, you’d hope that your crush would get back to you a bit faster than his did because Michelle took two whole months to respond. And after all that time she simply replied, “hey sorry my phone died”.
After a brief tête-à-tête, it was Josh who cut the conversation short when he failed to reply to Michelle’s message for another two months. He mimicked Michelle’s original response by saying, “hey, sorry I was in the shower”. And then it was war. Michelle followed suit by by replying a month later with “hey just saw this message, sorry I was in class”.
The pair seemed determined to outdo each other at every turn, sometimes they even took 10 months to respond to each other.
Their less-than-speedy response times meant that the couple had been messaging each other for three whole years. Josh was certainly amused by the timeframe of their “relationship” as he posted the exchanges on Twitter.
Naturally, the post quickly went viral, with Twitter users thinking of ways to bring the two Kent State University students together.
Word finally got to the Tinder headquarters and they decided that drastic action was needed to unite Michelle and Josh. So they organised the pair’s first date for them and in the process made one of their dreams come true, by flying them out to Hawaii for their first meeting!
Josh and Michelle were certainly overwhelmed by the generous gesture.
The gift did come with one condition, however, Michelle and Josh could not take months to pack their bags…
Fingers crossed that Michelle and Josh’s vacation turns out to be a romantic one. It’s definitely about time.