When then 22-year-old Josh Avsec matched with 21-year-old Michelle Arendas on Tinder back in September 2014, he did what Tinder users usually do: he sent a simple message to introduce himself. He then waited and waited, but after weeks and weeks passed, Josh probably gave up on Michelle. Two months after the introductory message, Michelle responded. “Hey sorry my phone died!” she wrote, and after a brief exchange, the conversation went cold again. Then, two months later, Josh wrote back with his own tongue-in-cheek excuse. “Hey sorry was in the shower,” was the message, which Michelle replied to… another month later.
Michelle explained to BuzzFeed that she initially deleted the app before reinstalling it once again, so she really had not seen Josh’s first message for a couple of months. This virtual faux pas might have been a blessing in disguise, though, as no one knows how everything would have gone if Michelle did not uninstall Tinder and saw the text Josh sent right away.
This peculiar relationship of the two Ohioans has continued in this vein for the past three years, and the Ohio Kent State University graduates haven’t met once during that time. The soft spots they have for one another are obvious, though, and when Josh recently shared screenshots of their exchanges on Twitter, the story went viral, with people rooting for them to meet up in person. Tinder, obviously delighted by the publicity the story generated and its potential for further development, even offered to send the two of them on vacation together! “It’s time you got together IRL,” the matching platform tweeted. “You have 24 hrs to decide the city you want to have your first date in and we’ll send you there!” Josh and Michelle decided on Hawaii, and the world is now waiting with baited breath on how their relationship develops in the Aloha State.