Can love ever hope to flourish in today’s digital age? So many traditionalists would tell you no, nay and never: the internet has limited our ability to connect with people, they claim, and we’re spending too much time online to forge any meaningful connections in our real and organic lives.
Plus there’s any number of online dating horror stories to support their case, from the guy who took it upon himself to explain why he won’t date “hot women anymore”, to the man who thought LinkedIn – aka the professional networking site – was the perfect place to hit on women.
Well, as it turns out, these internet-averse people are all wrong – and this couple’s digital love story proves it, once and for all.
Llia Apostolou is an avid Twitter fan, so she turned to the social networking site for help when she found herself without a plus one for her sister’s wedding back in 2014.
It wasn’t long before Phil Gibson spotted Apostolou’s request – and, the very next day, he was reaching out to offer his services.
The pair seemed to hit it off immediately – and their chemistry was so intense that all those other Twitter users watching the exchange could (probably) feel it sizzling through their computer screens.
And three years later, Apostolou and Gibson have tied the knot themselves.
That’s right, they only went and got bloody married after joking about it on Twitter.
It’s worth clarifying, here, that Gibson did not actually attend Apostolou’s sister’s wedding (phew) all those years ago, because, well, they decided it might be a little weird.
But as her tweet explains, the pair still met up and fell for one another – proving, once again, that a sense of humour is crucial when it comes to finding The One (if you believe in such things).
Unsurprisingly, Apostolou’s tweets have gone down an absolute storm on Twitter, with hundreds of social media users chiming in to a) offer their congratulations, b) admit to feeling jealous that they haven’t managed to find their soulmate via a tweet, or c) coo extravagantly over this year’s digital love story.
It’s a firm reminder that friendships can be forged both online and IRL – and, while some may still claim it’s ‘weird’ to befriend someone you’ve never met before, experts are constantly reminding us that our relationships are no more or less authentic in either digital or non-digital space.
Sociologist Nathan Jurgenson, speaking with New Republic, dubs this “digital dualism”.
“We’re coming to terms with there being just one reality and digital is part of it, not any less real or true,” he said. “What you do online and what you do face-to-face are completely interwoven.”
And, writing about it in The New Inquiry, he added that this “digital dualism” could help us to come to terms with the fact that so much of our lives takes place online.
“We may never fully log off, but this in no way implies the loss of the face-to-face, the slow, the analog, the deep introspection, the long walks, or the subtle appreciation of life sans screen,” writes Jurgenson.
“We enjoy all of this more than ever before.”
Or, to put it more bluntly, love, actually, is all around. Even on the internet.