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I’m single. I’m extremely online. I’ve watched the people behind Twitter accounts with whom I’ve formed parasocial relationships start to date each after publicly–and presumably privately–interacting on the app. All of these truths lead to a single question: Is using Twitter truly a viable option to find love? Like any investigative journalist worth their salt, I went directly to the source: I tweeted out a request asking people to share their experiences using Twitter like a dating app. I was pleasantly surprised (and not at all bitter) to discover how many success stories flooded my inbox. (Should I be shocked that some cheeky suitors took the thread as an opportunity to woo me in my DMs? Of course not.) The comments under the thread and the messages I received include tales of hook-ups, rejections, marriages, friendships, and, sometimes, fiery DM banter that fizzled IRL. My biggest takeaway from all of them is that you can find the same triumphs and defeats, the epic highs and lows of courtship with Twitter as you can with Hinge, Tinder, or even approaching a stranger at a bar. In fact, the parallels to in-person flirting might be the crux of my argument: Social media is actually a closer mirror to the risks and reward of real-life flirting than the painstaking artifice of dating apps. The case for Twitter being real life The pervasive idea that “Twitter is not real life” might apply to politics ( or not ). But I’d argue the “social” […]