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They're Finally Going On A First Date, After Planning It For 3 Years

Josh Avsec / Michelle Arendas

This couple have a relationship straight out of a romantic comedy, but after 3 years they still haven't had their "love at first sight" moment. That's because these students from Kent State University met online back when the dating app Tinder first launched.

Josh Avsec / Michelle Arendas

Dating apps have a reputation for leading to short relationships based on looks more than personal connections, but 22-year-old Josh Avsec and 21-year-old-Michelle Arendas seem like they've really clicked.

Their budding romance started back in 2014, when the app connected these two. Josh messaged Michelle in September, but she had removed the app from her phone. By the time she added it back, it was already late November.

Josh sensed that Michelle "seemed a little different from other girls he had messaged online, so he played up her long absence with a joke of this own, waiting 2 months to message her again.

Michelle was surprised to even hear back from Josh after disappearing for a month, so she kept the ball rolling. The joke kept going, with a message between the pair once every month or so.

The longest break lasted almost a year. It was just a private joke between Josh and Michelle, until he shared it online and things got a little out of hand.

Click to the next page to find out why they're finally meeting each other!

The never-ending missed connection between these two was only meant to be a private joke, until Josh thought he would share the conversation with his friends online. He never expected his tweet to go viral, being shared thousands of times.

Comments from strangers poured in, including more than a few recommending these two get hitched right away, because they seem to have such a great connection. Josh was a little embarrassed - he never meant for everyone to see the conversation - but his mistake paid off in the end.

Tinder, the app that these two connected on, wants to help them finally catch up with each other in person. They were offered a trip to any city in the world for an unforgettable first date, but only 24 hours to make up their minds this time!

The pair have decided on Maui, and they'll fly off to enjoy the sun and sand just as soon as they figure out what date works for both of them. Josh says he doesn't "want to rush anything," but we say waiting 3 years for a first date is long enough!

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