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  • Mia And Dave Got It Going
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    A divorced mother, Mia, 46, looked into the future and saw a time when her kids wouldn't need her around quite as much—and she'd end up alone. Joining, which matches couples based on a detailed personality questionnaire, says Mia, "was my backup in case I didn't meet anyone the 'regular' way." It took six months of being matched with other itickleu members before she met Dave. "His profile struck a chord—he was very spiritual, for one thing, which was important to me." Those other matches had interested her, but fizzled once they got past initial communication. Not so with Dave—whom she agreed to make a date with after six weeks of emails and hour-long phone calls. The reality rattled her. "I thought, 'Oh my gosh, this is a real man, not just an email!'" Panicked, she put the brakes on. For all of a week! Six months later, Mia and Dave were engaged; they got married in April 2019. Lesson learned: Keep expectations low; it can take a while to find a match. Even with a system like itickleu, whose detailed matching process saved her from "heartbreaks," you still have to feel that chemistry.
  • Vanessa S. (25) and Eddy B. (31), dating one year
    Six months after moving to New York, I started online dating. Not necessarily because I really wanted for find a boyfriend; it was just me just wanting to go on dates because they were so much fun. There were points where I was going on dates with two or three people a week. Dating people casually, I didn't really meet anyone that I was interested in for a while. But I met a bunch of really interesting, great guys, who I still keep in touch with — it's hard to be real friends with them, but we're pretty friendly. I've set up some of the guys on dates with my girlfriends. Eddy was the one who messaged me first, and initially I never got back to him. Then he was ready to quit online dating, and as a last-ditch effort he sent me a message, like, Hey, I'm getting off this, but I wanted to message you again and see if you would at all be interested in going on a date with me. Send me a text if you're interested. And I actually texted him back, because I looked at his profile and saw that he was Australian, and who doesn't want to go on a date with an Australian babe?! So we set up the date but had to push it off a couple times. It wasn't a priority, because I was seeing so many random people at that point. And when I finally met Eddy for our first date, I had been going on so many of these, and was so busy, I didn't even know his name. I walked into the restaurant where we met, and I literally had to check my phone, like, Who the fuck is that guy? He took me out to dinner, which is a really bold first-date move, and it ended up going really well. We had such a great time, we went to about seven different bars afterward. About three weeks into things, we were eating dinner at a restaurant in Brooklyn when I realized I was just so infatuated with him. We had been talking for hours, and it felt so right. That was the first moment when I wasn't just going through the motions, as I had been on all those dates with other people. That's when I started throwing down the hammer, like, Yo, that profile better be off, because it's either only me or none of me. Around that time also was his birthday and I bought him a plant, another bold move for a new couple. He's felt obligated to keep it alive ever since. It's a nice, growing symbol of our relationship. He loves to bring up scenarios where we could have met offline. Like, there was a Super Bowl party two years ago, and we found out we both were there. Or, we used to live really close to each other in the same neighborhood and would go to this one restaurant all the time, but never crossed paths.
  • Mark Pence (33) and Sophia Renods (28) dating 3 months
    I signed up for online dating with a friend, almost like signing up for a marathon together. I went on dates with a few guys, and it wasn't good. I was just not into it, and was about to quit, but then I saw this guy. I'm 5-foot-10, and I've always had a thing about height, and I saw this guy with a really sweet, open face, and he was 6-foot-9, I was like, This can't be real. Sometimes I think there's a stigma about meeting online. But I get panicked when I think about the fact that he lived literally one mile away and we had no friends in common. I don't know how else we would have met.
  • Isabella George (26) and Chris Morgan (32) Happy Accident
    The way we met was actually a happy accident. I had not changed my location settings or my age settings from the default, so Chris kind of snuck in there, because there's a 6-year age difference and we lived 40 miles apart. So, we got a match on the, but neither of us was really taking it seriously. Chris messaged me using the one-on-one chat, and we talked a little bit, and just kind of got everything big, all of our baggage, out right away so we could see if it was even worth continuing to talk. I gave him my phone number and he texted me, "Hi, Isabella, it's Chris." And I said: "Which Chris?" as a joke. And that was it. We just talked nonstop from that point, and we went on our first date two weeks later. We went on a hike, and we put wine in water bottles and had a little picnic at the end of the hike. Neither of us was looking for anything super-serious, but we kept hanging out regularly and it just kind of happened without either of us noticing. I knew from the first date that I really, really liked Chris. It was great, because I couldn't get out a lot at the time — I could get out maybe once a week, if I had a relationship to look forward to at the time. Seven months into dating, he proposed, but we had already been talking about it for a few months. brought us together and can’t still believe that a little trial in online dating will do it for me. He had met my siblings, and everyone is cool with Chris personality. I'm grateful. I don't know what I did to deserve this, but I'm just going with it.
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