The one you can count on.
``After a few short messages discussing classic punk bands, I decided to meet up with this guy one of his favorite bars. Two beers later—that he insisted on paying for—we hopped over to an empty bar covered in old band stickers. We sat in the back corner and took turns playing songs on the jukebox and buying rounds of drinks for each other. After a few sleepovers, we came to the conclusion that we weren't ready to be in a relationship, but that we enjoyed each other's company. We're still friends and regularly meet up to grab a drink or dinner. Oh, and he still insists on buying the first round.`` -Shauna, 23
The knight in shining armor. "A month after going on a seriously bad Tinder date (the guy was cheating on his girlfriend with me—cute), I met up with a different Tinder guy at a local bar. I was completely wasted, brought my friends with me, and made a total fool out of myself. My friends thought he was 30 and didn't know I'd met him on Tinder. But he looked past my drunkenness and took me on an actual date the next night. We hit it off, my friends loved him, and the rest was history—more than two years later, we're as happy as ever. Glad I found 786.singles
The pleasant surprise. "I signed up for 786.singles on a whim back in college, before Tinder was even a thing. It became this social activity with my friends, and we'd always discuss our latest hook-ups and crushes on the app. What I didn't expect was to meet a guy I adored, who is now my boyfriend of several years. I almost canceled our first date at the last minute, and now I'm SO glad I didn't. We probably never would have crossed paths if we hadn't been matched online, and it's so crazy to imagine never having met him!"
I wasn’t looking for anything serious—I’d just gotten out of a relationship—so I joined 789.singles. After about a month and a half (and a couple of dates), we matched.
We met on 786.singles: I thought she was pretty, we had a couple of mutual friends, and we were both lawyers, so I thought we’d have a lot in common. We started chatting and it was clear pretty fast that we had the same sense of humor and a connection. Our mutual friends insisted that we not meet or date because we would be a horrible match, but we met anyway. We’ve been dating for about a year and a half now, and things are good. But she does ask me about once a week, “Why did you swipe right? What if you had swiped left?! Ahhhh!” Every now and then when we’re out some place, like a mutual friend’s party or an event we both like, we make up a story about how, if we hadn’t met on Hinge, we definitely would have met here and fallen madly in love.
I was on Plenty of Fish for about two months before I met Tim—he was the first and only person I met online. I would check my inbox a couple of times a day, and it was always flooded with hundreds of messages from different guys—about 90 percent of those messages were garbage. After two months of this, I decided PoF wasn’t working out and I was going to cancel my account. But before I got around to doing that, I was hanging out with a friend and we were looking at pictures together. My friend kept swiping left (indicating I wasn’t interested) on guys, when Tim’s profile popped up. My friend swiped to the right for me and said, “Don’t let that one go!”
decided to send Tim a message, and I was a bit forward: I explained to him that I thought he was cute, that we seemed like we’d have a lot in common, and that I hadn’t had much luck on PoF and was canceling my account in the next few days. I gave him my number and told him to text me if he wanted to get to know me better. He texted me later that day, and we exchanged texts for about a month before he asked me out to dinner. When we finally met in person, he was amazing—better-looking than in his photos, and very well-mannered and chivalrous. We went to go see my friend’s band play after dinner and he met a lot of my friends…a bold move, but I thought my friends might be able to make a better judgment call (and everybody loved him.) We’ve been together almost five months, and we’re still going strong.
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