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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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Couple co-op games to play during the pandemic

Loving from a distance

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It goes without saying that the pandemic has drastically altered our lives. And, for the lucky few who’ve found love amidst the global chaos or barely kept their love life while apart, playing games has become one of the best past time in quarantine.

Below are cooperative games you can play with your partners or friends. We’re open to all forms of love here. Also, note that this list won’t include classic multiplayer games like Minecraft, Stardew Valley, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons because I’m assuming you and your partner or friends have already played these for an ungodly number of hours. Which, by the way if you haven’t, I recommend you start there.

Not included on this list are multiplayer online battle arenas(mobas) since that’s a whole genre of it’s own. And, I’m sick and tired of blatant sexting and flirting on moba team chats. Get your lives together or stay alone, yeah?

It Takes Two

Steam, PlayStation, Xbox, & PC

It Takes Two is a cooperative action-adventure platformer with gripping stories and game mechanics. You play as arguing parents at wit’s end stuck in doll form. The doll form bit is due to your daughter’s attempt to cope with her parents’ eventual split. Speaking of splits, it’s a split-screen multiplayer that allows you to play locally or online. The game mechanics and design are witty and eloquent–drawing you into the characters’ stories.

It Takes Two is a good game to play with your partner to see how well you work through obstacles together–in more ways than one. It Takes Two was developed by Hazelight Studios and published by Electronic Arts under the EA Originals labels.

Heave Ho!

Steam, Nintendo Switch, & GOG

Heave Ho! is a multiplayer co-op platformer where you and your partner or friends get through tough puzzles using your wobbly and dangly limbs. Grab on to each other’s hands, climb across dangling bodies, and swing your way into safety.

Heave Ho! forces you to work together by throwing the other, climbing over, and using our partner to get to the other side. It’s a quirky simple yet challenging game that have left players screaming desperate for hand grabbing. Heave Ho! was developed by Le Cartel Studio and published by Devolver Digital.

Overcooked! 2

Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, GOG

Overcooked! 2 is a cooperative cooking simulation video game. It’s the sequel to Overcooked! which had the same game mechanics just without the new and improved stages, mechanics, and features. Overcooked! 2 will make it necessary to yell at each other–which doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You work together as a team to prep, cook, and serve.

It’s the perfect game to play to break the ice, work together, laugh, and panic. Test your relationship, strengthen it, or break up over a silly game. Overcooked! 2 was developed by Team17 alongside Ghost Town Games and published by Team17.

Valheim

Steam

Do two burly Vikings braving the elements sound like a romantic way to spend the night with your partner? No, of course not, but you’ll get hours of entertainment riding together with your nordic allies. Valheim is an explorative survival game. Build yourself a little home, roam the giant wilderness for resources, and hunt some trolls. If Minecraft doesn’t hit the same way anymore, this will probably fill that gap. But make sure you’re playing together, microphone on, and you’ll get lost in purgatory.

Valheim was developed by Iron Gate AB and developed by Coffee Stain Publishing.

SEE ALSO: 10 video games for players 1 and 2

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Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro: Best gift for the man in your life

Make him shine as bright as you

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Not every successful woman needs a man. But if you happen to have one in your life, it doesn’t hurt if he can look as pristine as you.

What better way to elevate his look than with a premium timepiece that looks smart and is actually smart.

The Magic number is 12. There’s that thing about 12 days of Christmas. In the Philippines, the Watch GT 2 Pro retails for roughly around PhP 12,000. So here are 12 reasons to make each thousand of that purchase count.

1. It’s gorgeous and will elevate your man’s confidence

Here’s the deal. It’s possible your man looks like a walking half-peeled potato. But have him wear the watch and he’ll instantly feel like a BTS member. Now, he may still look like a potato, but now he’s a potato with swagger. The best thing anyone can wear is confidence and this can totally help with that.

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2. It won’t break easily 

A luxurious timepiece that will likely stand the test of time? Yep, that’s that this is. The sapphire glass that the watch face is made of is on stubborn son of a b***. It’s as tough as they come.

3. It’s customizable 

Nothing’s more empowering than knowing you can tweak things to your taste. With One Hop Watch Face, you can use whatever image is in your file as the Watch Face. Neat!

(*Only works when paired with a Huawei smartphone running EMUI 11 and up).

4. It can track a bajillion workouts 

We’re going to assume the hyperbole didn’t fly over your head. Think of an activity, and there’s a good chance the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro can support it. It likely can find and track a workout that your man can stick with. This means your man can go from looking like a potato to looking like a french fry (which is a snacc. Get it?) 😉

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5. It can lead your man back to you

Let’s say your man decides to transform from potato to french fry and starts with some light jogging around your neighborhood. But he got too into it and doesn’t realize he’s in the part of the neighborhood he’s not familiar with. The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro has a GPS Route Back feature that will let him find his way back into your loving arms.

6. Encourage him to pick-up a sport

Other than tracking workouts, it can also track bajillion sports. There’s badminton, tennis, bowling, volleyball, and even golf! These are all fun sports that you can do together!

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7. You can check how much you make his heart flutter 

Okay, that’s probably not what the heart rate meter is for but it’s a fun concept, right? It is, of course, useful for many other things but this one is cute to try. Throw an “aegyo” (cute gesture) his way and see how much his heart rate spikes.

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8. You can find out why he’s being grumpy 

Is your man acting aloof or just plain out of it? Ask him to check his stress levels on Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro. If it returns an alarming number, ask him what’s up and you guys can resolve the problem together. 💕

9. Make sure he gets your messages

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro lets you have full control on which notifications you get. Make sure he has notifications turned on for the messaging app you two use the most. That way, he always gets those sweet nothings from you.

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10. Decide whether you’re going out for a safe social-distancing date or staying in to Netflix and chill 😏

One glance on the watch and you’ll get a sense of what the weather is like on a particular day. This will help you determine whether you’ll spend some time out or just have some snuggle time indoors.

11. You don’t have to worry about charging it everyday

Let’s face it. Several smartwatches require some juicing up after just a day. Well, not this one. Even if you push the battery to the limit by enabling all the features, you’ll still get AT LEAST five days without charging it. It’s long-lasting just like your man. 😉

12. You can take cute couple photos! 

It has a remote shutter feature that will free up your hands and let you do all the silly couple poses you’ve been wanting to do. Just prop your phone up somewhere and use the watch as the shutter!

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SEE ALSO: Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro review: Swanky and smart

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If you buy the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro (PhP 11,999) from November 27 to December 31, you’ll get a FREE entertainment package consisting of a notebook, multi-connector, and blue speaker. Combined those are worth PhP 2,099.

This deal is available in all Huawei stores as well as online and offline retailers.

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iPhone users have a higher match rate compared to Android owners

iPhones boost match rate by 76%

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Looking to improve your chances of getting a match on dating apps? You might want to consider using an iPhone. A new study by a UK-based firm found that iPhone users have a higher match rate compared to Android owners.

The latest study by CompareMyMobile dives into the relation of devices owned with chances of matching with someone. It found out that having an iPhone boost chances of matching with the “one” by almost 76%. There’s no specific iPhone model named in the study, but having the latest model surely boosts a person’s match rate.

It didn’t stop there, either. If you love your AirPods and Apple Watch dearly, you are sure to attract more people looking for the love of their life. The study guarantees 61% more chances of successful matches if one owns an Apple Watch. Meanwhile, having the latest AirPods alone boosts profile matches by 41%.

This is in stark contrast with the owners of Android smartphones. Having a Google Pixel will erode chances of matching with other profiles by 10%. Other brands have it worse: owners of Sony will have a 14% lesser successful match rate, while Huawei and OnePlus will have 23% and 30%, respectively.

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And what if you still rock a Blackberry? Sorry, but you can expect more people swiping to the left. The study found that having a BlackBerry significantly decreases your chances of matching with others by a staggering 74%. So if you’re still wondering why you’re still single despite having good looks and charisma, then your BlackBerry might be to blame.

Age and location affect match rate too

There are two factors that affect these preferences: age and location. Unsurprisingly, younger people are much influenced by smartphone brands in their matching preferences.

Women are much more discerning with smartphones a person uses across all age brackets. For example, smartphones influence the preferences of women in their 20s by up to 65% while men in the same age bracket are only influenced by up to 15%.

Your location also plays a key role in determining your success.  If you have an iPhone 11, you have the best chances in London, Vancouver, and Los Angeles. And if you show off your Apple Watch on your dating profile while you’re in San Francisco or Manchester, you will attract more views and swipes to the right.

The only odd-one-out is New York. Here, the most swipes to right goes to the person who shows off their AirPods.

Some might have reservations on the whole study, but this was done using legitimate methodologies. The whole study is done by setting up fake profiles. Each fake profile displays the device supposedly owned by the person. Granted though, the study only looks at data from 15 major cities and more than 50,000 swipes.

So, don’t be discouraged if you don’ have an iPhone to boost your successful match. After all, there’s a lot that you can do to improve your chances on dating apps.

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