Erin Aniker for Metro. Is there a best way to say I love you? Maybe even with love itself. Sarah Atkinson, 33 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: Ashely Olsen, 29 I went on Tinder after an eight-year relationship ended. I had strict swiping rules: Selfies — swipe left.
Shirtless selfies — swipe left as fast as possible. I wanted to 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.
He immediately asked me for a drink. I could be a homeless stripper. It really made me laugh so I took him up on his offer. Advertisement Advertisement I had actually come from another Tinder date but we met at a bar and talked for hours. 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: What a hottie Picture: 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.
It was essentially the date from hell, but there was something about her. I messaged the next day — apparently she told her friends she would never hear from me again. 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 pub 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.
Meg Dupont, 24 Me and my boyfriend met on Happn. 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.
We had our first date at the start of January. Tim Robinson, 30 Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro. She initially cancelled because she had food poisoning and when it came to finally meeting I was so nervous I ate a whole bag of Percy Pigs beforehand. I told her I liked her that evening and she moved in to my house six months ago.
It was really weird. He has children and lives about an hour away, but my gut told me to look at his profile. He said hello first and asked for my number after two days of exchanging messages.
We spoke on the phone on the Thursday and met up on the Saturday. It was all pretty quick but I found I lost interest if a guy took a few days to respond. I would tell anyone looking for love to never give up, believe in your worth and know that you deserve to find someone amazing.