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We found love in a digital space

Who said you couldn't find love on a dating site? In the Mobile issue, six South African couples share how a simple swipe of the thumb changed their lives forever. Here is Edwain and Marnus' story:


''Marnus and I matched on Tinder back in June 2017. Why a dating site? Well, the reality is that it’s not always easy to just approach someone, especially if you’re as introverted as we are. We both gravitated more towards Tinder because it allows you to sync your profile to other social media accounts and add interesting facts about yourself. In fact, we swiped right because we had so many shared interests. After we matched, we immediately started chatting and never stopped. We wrote each other the longest messages; each one eager to know about the other’s job and hobbies. After a while of intense messaging, and light Instagram/Facebook stalking, we realised that there was the risk of building false impressions of who we were, only to be later disappointed – an experience we had both had in the past. So, we decided it was time to meet face-to-face. A week after matching on the app, we met at a cosy and quiet café where we could talk uninterrupted. We were both very scared and nervous. ‘What if we couldn’t match the chemistry we had online? What if our lives weren’t as beautiful and curated as they were in pictures and messages?’ I thought. But, luckily, it was love at first sight. Meeting up so quickly after matching was the best decision we ever made. I would advise anyone else that uses dating apps to look for shared interests and trust that initial online spark. But don’t wait too long before meeting. Marnus officially asked me out about two months after we first swiped right, it was one of the happiest days of my life – I honestly never believed that I would ever find love on a dating app. Now, almost two years later, we’re still going strong. Looking back, we realise that we would never have met in real life, and are both thankful for that one small app that changed our lives forever.'

Read all 6 stories in the April issue, on sale now. 

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