Superficial, just for sex, full of morons: I met my boyfriend on a dating app and I am not alone: I first saw my now boyfriend on Tinder: Friends are hopeless sometimes. We now live together and have a crazy amount of weird connections and mutual friends — we had probably been at the same parties but never met.
The moral of the story: I had strict swiping rules: Selfies — swipe left. Shirtless selfies — swipe left as fast as possible.
I wanted date people with a good sense of humor, so I looked for guys with a description or pictures that made me giggle. I came across a guy who was extremely cute, looked like he was a ton of fun and seemed genuine… little did I know I was swiping right on my future husband. I could be a homeless stripper. We dated for a year before we moved in together, got engaged shortly after and have now been married for two years. We both acknowledge that Tinder can be superficial: I had arranged two dates in one day and both were rubbish, so I decided to message her in case she was free — third time lucky.
We had dinner the following week and that was it — two-and-a-half years and counting, and I love her more every day.
We matched, chatted for about 10 days as I was out of town and then had our first date at a gin bar in Soho.
One evening my flatmate and I joined Tinder after several glasses of Rioja; my boyfriend was the first person I matched with. I panicked before our first date in case he was an axe murderer, but we met on the South Bank and wandered from to pub before grabbing some unplanned dinner. We both knew pretty quickly that this was something different and before long we were sharing amazing holidays, tiny urban apartments and lots of wine.
We moved in together, he proposed a year later on a beach in Australia and we got married last December. I was in the Netherlands when I used the app and he was Dutch, so I was nervous about the language barrier — but from texting I could tell his English was good.
We decided to go to a gig, although I turned up an hour early and had to go home and come back again.