From the editors of HelloGiggles
Words – Brittany Malooly
Anyone who has ever tried online dating or used a dating app has been there. You match with someone and message each other off and on for months without ever meeting up. You’re busy. They’re busy. You engage in loads of witty banter, but eventually you just stop talking because the momentum is gone. The conversation dies and you forget about the other person almost entirely.
But can you say you’ve messaged someone for three years without ever meeting up? Michelle Arendas and Josh Avsec can. The Kent State University students matched on Tinder three years ago and have been talking (on and off) ever since.
To them it’s a bit of a joke, but for Tinder HQ, it’s a challenge. The dating app wants these two to meet up so badly that they’ve offered to fly them to any city in the world for their first date. The two chose Maui, and the internet is loving this love story.
Here’s how it happened. Josh initially messaged Michelle something simple: ‘Hey Michelle.’ But she missed the message and took two months to respond. When she finally did, she joked, ‘Hey sorry my phone died!’ They spent the next year or so sporadically messaging one another every couple months with this same joke.
‘I was not really expecting he would message me back and play along with it,’ Michelle told Buzzfeed. ‘I thought my message to him would be the end of it.’
Josh also didn’t think much of it. ‘I didn’t think she was interested,’ Avsec said to Buzzfeed. ‘I just took it as a joke, so every couple of months I’d check Tinder and I’d get a message.’
Josh tweeted about it on the 7th of July; Tinder saw it, and then tweeted this huge offer.
The app even got in on the joke.
The two seem super excited – both Michelle and Josh have tweeted their disbelief at the whole situation.
It’s unclear when these two are going and what’s going to happen when they finally do meet.
But Josh seems pretty excited. ‘Everything is going great and I love talking with her, but I don’t want to rush anything,’ Avsec told Buzzfeed. ‘Conversation has been so easy with her.’
The internet is pretty invested in this love story so far, with some going as far as to hope they get married.
We hope they are a good match in real life – how incredible would that be?
Dating app goals, for sure.