Dating apps are increasingly connecting people who live or work close by, have the same commute, or went to college together.
Sometimes dating apps can speed up a relationship that might have unfolded, albeit platonically, in real life.
Most dating app users opt to see potential matches who live within a few miles of them, so they’re bound to run into neighbors.
Paige Monborne was playing around on Bumble when a message popped up from a match.
“I don’t mean to be creepy,” the guy said, “but I’ve seen you a couple times when I’ve been biking to work.”
She took a closer look at his profile picture and instantly knew who he was. Monborne, a 26-year-old healthcare policy consultant in Washington, DC, had not only seen this guy twice while he was biking across Key Bridge and she was running — she’d noticed how cute he was when they locked eyes.
Today, the two are a couple.
“Our first meeting was essentially what people would write about in a [Craigslist] Missed Connections encounter,” Monborne said. “Except we were able to skip the weird Craigslist post and, ironically, reclaim the connection via Bumble.”
Dating apps have the potential to connect people all over the world — and indeed, they sometimes do. Yet more often than not, dating apps end up matching users who live or work within blocks of each other, or take the same commute to the office.
I asked the Business Insider staff if they’d ever heard of something like this happening, and got a flurry of responses that were essentially multiple versions of the same story. One man, for example, went to college with his now-boyfriend, but never knew he existed until they met on Tinder in Manhattan.
To be sure, some dating apps are specifically designed to connect you with people you’ve met …read more
Source:: Business Insider