When we think about true love, ‘Tinder’ is rarely the first word that comes to mind.
Despite the very real advantages that online dating platforms can have on our lives, many of us still consider the likelihood of finding our ‘soulmates’ on the web pretty low.
But this is all brought under the microscope in Virtually in Love, a very different kind of dating show that you can watch for free on 9Now.
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It focuses on couples who have only ever met online and never face-to-face, and gives them to the opportunity to meet one another, visit their homes and families, and see what life might be like living with their partner in the flesh.
As you can imagine, like any any real-life relationship, the participants of the show don’t always get off to the smoothest start.
Take for instance the couple on Episode 1, Charli and Dre, who met through Instagram and had been dating for a number of months without ever having met one another, as Charli lives in Arizona and Dre lives in Alabama.
With the help of Virtually in Love, however, the couple were able to meet face-to-face when Charli was flown to Alabama, and the couple were initially overjoyed to be in each other’s companies.
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The thing about dating long-distance, though, is that it is often far easier to get away with a few white lies now and then about your life.
Things like, maybe, how good you are at keeping your house clean, or whether or not you’re in contact with other prospective partners.
Or maybe the issue could be whether or not you’re still in contact with your ex-girlfriend’s entire family, which for one of them, “changes everything” in their relationship and threatens to break the otherwise happy couple up.
All of these issues come up for Charli and Dre, and while hurt feelings, betrayal, and a lack of trust did arise during their short meetings, if there’s one thing that Virtually in Love was able to prove, it’s that the people we meet online can be just as real and important a presence in our lives as those we may meet through more mainstream channels.
To find out what happens between Charli and Dre, or to hear numerous other stories of far-flung romance that is realised in the flesh, watch Virtually in Love.
Stream complete seasons of Virtually in Love for free on 9Now.