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#WeMatched: Couples share their stories about finding love online

The world isn’t a hopeless place

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Love hits some people unexpectedly. However, for those who aren’t as lucky in finding a partner, there’s this need to work hard and put yourself out there.

Luckily, the advent of technology has made it possible to connect two lovers — wherever they are. Through dating apps and even social media, one can find love that blossoms.

In GadgetMatch, we help people find the right gadget that matches people’s lifestyle. Since the foundation of our mission is inspired by finding the right one, we’re excited to share stories from couples who found their match online. Truly, love finds its way!

Jean & Amiel

Third time’s a charm — that’s the gist of Jean and Amiel’s love story. They first matched on Tinder when Jean was devastated from her last relationship. She was looking for a rebound while healing — which made her delete her account and come back a year later to try her luck again in the online dating arena.

Jean and Amiel matched the second time around, had four exchanges, and eventually led to Jean ghosting. The couple reconnected on Tinder five months later, with Jean wondering why she never replied.

How did you know he’s the one you should date?

“So, after 5 months, I messaged him. And then we decided to go out on a date, which worked out fine. Then one thing led to another, and after 3 months of exclusively dating, we fell in love and became boyfriend and girlfriend.” — Jean, 25, PR

What’s your advice for people still looking for love?

“Online dating isn’t for everyone. It takes guts, tons of courage, and self-love. If you’re not ready to put yourself out there, don’t. I would say it’s never too late to try, but if you’re not into it, then you’re not yet ready.”

Rowee & Krista

Rowee and Krista’s story is one for the books. The two matched on Bumble, a popular dating app, where Rowee accidentally swiped right, not knowing they already matched until Krista messaged her.

Being a newbie in online dating — Rowee asked Krista how to navigate the app so she can see who viewed her profile. The vanity!

How did you know she’s the one you should date?

“It was a surprise really since she’s not my type. But after a few small talks, I started to like her. Maybe, it is the conversation that binds people together. We clicked. Including our interests and principles in life.” — Rowee, 26, Marketing Consultant

“We are opposites in many ways, but I wanted to take that chance and see where it could go.” –Krista, 29, Writer

What’s your advice for people still looking for love?

“Be brave enough to take a risk. You wouldn’t know something magical will happen unless you try.” — Rowee

“Love comes at the right time. I guess my advice for everyone would be to know and work on themselves first to prepare yourself for that opportune moment.” — Krista

Coleen & Bell

Coleen and Bell first talked over Omegle — when Coleen wanted to vent to a random stranger. After having a sensible conversation, the two exchanged numbers, then added each other on Facebook. After bonding with several hobbies and interests, they clicked and one thing led to another — they became boyfriend-girlfriend.

How did you know he’s the one you should date?

“He’s the only guy who accepted me, who embraced my plus-sized figure and accepted my sort-of-a spoiled brat attitude. I also felt his sincerity when we decided to meet for the first time. ” Coleen, 24, Audio Engineer

What’s your advice for people still looking for love?

“Just don’t rush everything on finding your missing piece. Focus on your passion, learn to love and embrace yourself, and build your strong character. When the right person comes, you’ll be happy that you’re ready by the time he comes.”

Paula & Troy

Paula and Troy surely did find love in a not-so-hopeless place. Surprisingly, the couple met at an online game called Grand Fantasia. Paula was moving on at the time. She was playing to keep her mind from thinking about weeping even for a second. Troy, on the other hand, found Paula fascinating when the two had a conversation in-game.

Raiding dungeons, chatting for hours, the two felt a connection — even if they’re just inside a virtual world. To them, it was still real. The couple hit it off and got married a few years later.

How did you know he’s the one you should date?

“I met him at my worse, I was moving on from some other guy who broke my heart which made me hate every guy I meet from then on which didn’t stop him from pursuing me, he patiently waited and stayed with me the whole time till I was ready to say yes to dating him, and that kind of effort is aces in my book.” — Paula, 26, Copy Editor

What’s your advice for people still looking for love?

“Skies may be grey right now but every cloud has a silver lining, you’re just being prepped for the right person for you, don’t lose hope and never give up cause somewhere in these billion full of people there’s someone out there who’s also not giving up to find you.”

Trisha & Dave

Trisha and Dave matched on Tinder, with Dave making the first move. Just like any Tinder conversation that’s getting serious, the two switched platforms and added each other on Facebook. After a continuous, wonderful conversation, the two hit it off and finally went on a date.

How did you know he’s the one you should date?

“While we’re on the getting to know each other stage, he already introduced me to his mother, aunt, siblings, and even his grandfather. I observed and felt how he values and respects his family, and for me, it’s important and a really big factor in choosing the guy I’ll date.” — Trisha, 25, Sales Associate

What’s your advice for people still looking for love?

“1 Corinthians 13:4-7”

Ben & Ja

Ben, a PWD leather craftsman donating his proceeds to the street dwellers, and Ja, a trading associate, first met on Tinder. The two swiped right, matched and started chatting about their common interests — road trip and photography.

The coupled chatted for about three months and met, believing it was indeed “love at first sight.”

How did you know she’s the one you should date?

“Because she was so understanding, mature, sweet, and a very good conversationalist — which I like most. Plus her eyes are so expressive whenever she talks.” — Ben, 42, Leather Craftsman

What’s your advice for people still looking for love?

“Always believe in love. Someone, somewhere is meant for you.”

Have you found your match?

If you think you found your match online (whether through dating apps or even social media), you can share your story with us by uploading a photo of you and your partner on Instagram.

Make sure to tag us @hergadgetmatch and use the hashtag #WeMatched while indicating the phone you used to take selfies with your significant other.

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Tinder will soon allow you to match with anyone around the world

Global Mode will roll out beta tests next week

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Tinder has always relied on an important feature: geolocation. By using your device’s location, the popular dating app connects you with people in your immediate area (or whatever radius you manually set). Naturally, social distancing has made physically connecting impossible during the pandemic.

As such, Tinder is now testing a new feature that will allow users to match with anyone in the world. Currently on testing, the new Global Mode enters interested users to a much more global agora of daters.

As reported by The Verge, the upcoming feature will still differentiate itself from Tinder’s already existing global functionalities. Currently, Tinder offers a premium service called Passport which allows users to match with other users in a manually specified region.

In comparison, Global Mode will not offer users control over where their profiles will eventually land. It’s a global roulette over which country will find you attractive. Likewise, to differentiate the feature from Passport, Global Mode is completely free.

Since the pandemic, Tinder has tried various features for thirsty daters stuck at home. Last month, the app offered Passport to all its users for free. The app is also testing a new video chat feature, reducing the need for a third-party messaging app.

Global Mode will start rolling out for testing purposes next week.

SEE ALSO: Tinder adds a panic button for dates that go wrong

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What’s the safest way to have cybersex during quarantine?

Always practice safe sex!

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A blazing hot summer isn’t the only reason people are shedding their clothes during the pandemic era. Between separated lovers and thirsty singles in your area, everyone is experiencing a rougher time getting their groove on. As a result, people are running to digital messaging and broadcasting platforms to express their horny sides.

However, as the pre-coronavirus world is wont to tell you, cybersecurity isn’t as safe as one might imagine. Work-from-home employees are quickly learning about privacy risks with their preferred conferencing apps. For example, Zoom, the work-from-home community’s golden child, has repeatedly caused shady privacy hiccups, including Zoombombing (or when unauthorized Zoom users invade other people’s Zoom calls). That said, given how risky office calls already are, how much riskier is it to sext these days?

Sliding into those DMs

Naturally, the simplest form of sexting is the good old-fashioned nude photo. Since the advent of Twitter, DMs have always been home to naughty lewds and unsolicited dick pics. Likewise, the same can be said of Facebook Messenger or Instagram Direct. How safe are these forms of communication for your nudes?

Unfortunately, not very. Though they are private in nature, direct messaging features are hardly the most secure of platforms. This has a lot to do with encryption. Despite Facebook’s and Twitter’s best attempts, completely secure messaging is still a distant hope. Between Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, only Facebook Messenger offers a secret conversation feature, allowing messages to be end-to-end encrypted. Twitter has tried encryption before, but so far hasn’t rolled out the feature after the test. Instagram, unfortunately, is still working on its own variant.

Meanwhile, the more dedicated messaging services — like WhatsApp and Telegram — already have end-to-end encryption built in. If you’re planning to go old-school sexting, using these apps might be your best bet. Also, if you and your partner both have iPhones, FaceTime uses end-to-end encryption as well.

What does this all mean? Unencrypted messages are prone to unauthorized third parties. You can get hacked. On the other hand, regular encryption protects against malicious hackers. However, the company can still access your data if it needs to. Even if they claim to not touch your data, they still can. True end-to-end encryption protects your data from both hackers and the company, ensuring that only the sender and the receiver can access the data. That said, there are still ways to illegally access encrypted data as was what happened with WhatsApp recently. Ultimately, it’s all about how much risk you are willing to handle.

Booming while Zooming

Likewise, the issue of security pops up again in video conferencing apps. As mentioned above, Zoom is already in hot water for providing less-than-stellar privacy measures. Even now, malicious parties can just as easily access your Zoom calls without your permission. Rumors of the company’s Chinese ties aren’t helping its cause either.

That said, sexy video chats are always going to be a thing. Especially now, there’s no other way to express physical intimacy for distanced lovers than through Zoom, Skype, or Discord. How safe are you when you take your clothes off on these platforms?

This is when it gets tricky. Technically, Zoom, Skype, and Discord all restrict adult content on their respective platforms, based on their terms of service. Under the strictest implementation of the rule, users shouldn’t send nude selfies or have sex shows through these apps.

However, how can these companies expect to enforce this rule? The only feasible way for enforcement is by monitoring accounts directly. Naturally, no one wants that. And companies will never own up to such an invasion of privacy.

At most, some companies claim to use AI and machine learning to catch these calls in the act. According to Zoom’s statement on Rolling Stone, the platform uses “a mix of tools, including machine learning” to help with enforcement. However, when the publication asked for more details regarding the supposed tools, Zoom refused to answer, potentially confirming the measure’s non-existence.

In 2018, Microsoft adjusted its code of conduct to restrict nudity and pornography. In terms of enforcement, the document explicitly refers to the right to go over your submitted content when “investigating alleged violations.” Like Zoom, Microsoft doesn’t have a crystal-clear way to find violators. “Alleged violations” means that the company must rely on other people reporting violators.

Though they have the same problem, Discord has a more open approach to adult content. Like Zoom and Microsoft, Discord doesn’t allow adult content. However, the platform can allow them under certain circumstances. According to a tweet from their official account, “NSFW content is allowed in DMs and video chat provided that all parties involved are consenting and of appropriate age.” Also, Discord allows users to mark communities as NSFW, curbing some of the blow.

How does this go back to the issue of encryption? Because companies will investigate user reports, Zoom, Skype, and Discord will not offer true end-to-end encryption. Though they have standard encryption, the company can still view your content if they need to.

If anything, Discord has more convenience as a platform out of the three mentioned. Regardless, if security is your priority, true end-to-end encryption — such as those offered by WhatsApp and Telegram — is still your best bet.

The human factor

Unfortunately, despite your best efforts, the true risk lies in the people you share nudes with. If you don’t strip responsibly, your sexting partner can easily save your nude selfies, capture screen recordings of you getting it on, or broadcast your livestream elsewhere.

Even if you choose the most secure platform, people can still mess with you. At the very least, make sure you completely trust your partner. And not just the he’s-my-boyfriend type of trust. Make sure that, even if you break up, they won’t betray you at all.

If you’ve successfully found yourself such a partner and decided on a secure platform, don’t be afraid to express your sexuality as much as you want. Your body is your own.

SEE ALSO: Android is now much harder to crack than iOS

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Tinder is working on a video chatting feature

No more switching to WhatsApp

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Because of social distancing, Tinder has mainly turned into an invitation to chat remotely. In fact, even before the pandemic, most newfound connections switch over to other platforms besides Tinder. According to a new earnings report, Tinder is working on a new feature to keep users inside the app even after hooking up.

The new feature will enable users to video chat inside the app. Though scant on details, video chatting is a huge introduction to the popular dating app. Currently, users can only send text messages and photos. If they want to take it to the next level, they’ll need another app.

Of course, introducing a new functionality will come with its own complications. On the one hand, users can finally simplify hooking up from distance. On the other hand, the feature can also create ways to abuse other people.

So far, the coronavirus pandemic has forced dating apps to adapt to harsher conditions. For one, Tinder has made a few premium features free to use for all users. Bumble has already implemented in-app calling and video chats as well.

Likewise, Tinder users have found news ways to connect despite the lack of physical dates. Some have resorted to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, pushing the boundaries of quarantine dating.

As of now, Tinder has not announced when the feature will drop.

SEE ALSO: Tinder adds a panic button for dates that go wrong

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