Many people turn to Tinder to meet someone quickly, but one couple balked at the standard and kept up a conversation for three years without every meeting in person. In 2014, Josh Avsec, 22, and Michelle Arendas, 21, matched, and the conversation has been anything but rushed. Avsec posted their text messages on Twitter, and that’s when something surprising happened.
As reported by the Mirror, Avsec sent the first message. It wasn’t until two months later that Arendas posted a reply. She said her “phone died,” and the two participated in a short exchange before communications ceased.
Two months later, Avsec rekindled the relationship with a tongue in cheek message that said, “Hey sorry was in the shower.”
The conversation continued in fits and spurts for three years, with months passing before some of the messages received responses. Both Avsec and Arendas were students at Ohio Kent State University during their “relationship,” but had yet to meet in person.
When Avsec posted the conversation on Twitter with the caption, “Hahahaha one day I’m going to meet this girl and it’s going to be epic. Look at the dates of our tinder texts,” it generated a lot of attention. The couple continued talking through tweets, with Arendas joking, “sorry I’d reply but I need to give it a few months!”
After word had spread about their “relationship,” the folks at Tinder saw an opportunity. They posted a message on Twitter saying, “It’s time you got together IRL. You have 24 hrs to decide the city you want to have your first date in and we’ll send you there!”
The couple had a “long debate” about the “unbelievably generous offer” and finally decided that they wanted to go to Maui, Hawaii.
Tinder responded, saying, “Aloha! We’re sending you to Maui but you can’t take two years to pack your bags!”
The couple thanked Tinder for stepping in, and Arendas offered “a huge s/o to the internet” for their taking an interest in their story.