His Ok Cupid profile didn’t feature a single naked or topless selfie. Those are the two hardly notable qualities that Monica Martinez claims attracted her to her now-boyfriend.
“His pictures showed him skiing, him on vacation, always clothed and doing something active,” she says.
Brooklyn Sherman started the popular Instagram account, @thewaywemet, to draw attention to a couple’s beginnings.
The posts are mostly of people who’ve met in real life — a college internship at Disney, a pair who introduced themselves while stopped at a red light.
He didn’t message her for five days, so she unmatched him.
As Aziz Ansari says in one of his Netflix stand-up specials, couples’ origin stories are now as complex as searching “Jewish” and your Zip code on At the same time, interesting origin stories are having a moment everywhere else.
It’s not enough for a restaurant to have primo prime rib; it’s got to have a killer backstory that explains the struggles its owners faced and the exact farms from which they sourced their products.
Sometimes the obstacle in today’s origin story is: How do you take an online connection to real-life meetup?
In a rare @thewaywemet story involving digital means, a man and woman talk about being matched on Tinder.
But the problem is: With online dating, there isn’t much of a story to tell.
The really good stories are usually about the dates that go horribly wrong.
You’d be hard-pressed to hear a start-up pitch without an aching or humorous backstory about why the founder’s firing or sudden skin infection became the basis for a one-in-a-million venture idea.
Good origin stories still happen, they’re just rarer.