Michelle Arendas and Josh Avsec matched on Tinder nearly three years ago and have been messaging each other ever since—but have still not met up. Their exchange is so hilarious that it went viral—and now Tinder is sending them on their first date, if they ever get around to it.
BuzzFeed News reports that the two, who are students at Kent State University in Ohio, first matched back in 2014. "Tinder was super new at the time for my whole friend group. At the time I had matched with a whole bunch of girls and I took it as a joke," Josh told the site. "I sent [them] some pretty humorous lines. And then I bumped into Michelle. She seemed a little different, so I sent her something different."
Their exchanges are hilarious and perfectly relatable for anyone who has ever tried to date online. Josh messaged Michelle after matching with her, and she didn’t respond for two months, until she apologised that her phone died. (She told BuzzFeed that she deleted and downloaded Tinder enough times that she would miss messages entirely.) After that, about every few months, one would message the other and apologise for the delay in responding. And the joke would just keep going, escalating each time.
Josh tweeted their exchange, and it went viral. The Internet freaked out, and all of Twitter is focused on planning their wedding at this point.
Michelle responded, joking she wouldn’t have time to respond for a few months. At this point, though, they actually started DMing each other, but this time on Twitter, to get each other’s phone numbers and talk about being Internet famous. "I thought it would be interesting to meet up with him but I didn’t want to be the one that gave in and broke the joke," Michelle told BuzzFeed. "But I was interested."
They still haven’t met in person, though, and Tinder wasn’t going to let that delay stand. The company tweeted Monday that it was going to send them on a first date, wherever they wanted.
Josh suggested Maui, and Tinder agreed—as long as they didn’t wait so long this time.
A rep for Tinder issued the following statement about their future vacation:
"Josh and Michelle's Tinder story goes to show the power of swiping right, matching with someone, and engaging in conversation - it can truly change your life and create a meaningful connection, no matter how seriously you take it. We’re honoured to have the opportunity to facilitate them meeting IRL, and we hope that this encourages other Tinder users to keep swiping, matching and meeting new people. You never know where it might lead."
Via: Cosmopolitan US