Modern love has become influenced significantly by social media platforms, connecting people who may have never have been able to stay in contact without it. Numerous singles have turned to online dating websites or apps in hopes to find true love, including:
- Plenty of Fish,
- OK Cupid,
However, for one couple, their meeting happened to be through a fluke Facebook friend request. Two lovebirds who live thousands of miles apart connected on the popular social media platform and were quick to fall for one another.
Here’s the straight out of a romantic comedy story of how these two Facebook friends turned into long distance lovers.
25-year-old Michael Young took a leap of faith when he decided to send 18-year-old Rebecca Luff a Facebook friend request out of the blue.
Luff took a chance and accepted the stranger’s request, which prompted the two to start talking over the social media platform and eventually through Skype.
Luff and Young were quick to hit it off and continued communicating for two years over the Internet, making their relationship official in December 2015.
Unfortunately, the biggest set back the young couple faced was the distance between them. Luff resides in Plymouth, England, while Young lives halfway across the world in Adelaide, Australia.
Despite physically being 10,000 miles away from one another, Michael Young and Rebecca Luff have been determined to make their relationship work.
“When we first started talking, I never thought it would be this serious,” Luff told the Plymouth Herald. “Nobody took us seriously for a long time; I think everyone thought it was all a bit bizarre.”
The true test came when the two finally met in person. Young made the trip to go visit Luff in her hometown in September 2016, spending three weeks together, which included a mini-trip to Amsterdam.
“When we first met it was like I had known him my whole life, it wasn’t awkward at all,” Rebecca told Plymouth Herald. “We just clicked.”
While finally meeting in person only further established their romantic feelings for one another, it also made their airport goodbyes even harder, not knowing when they’d have the opportunity to see each other again.
After spending five months apart and dating for over a year and a half, Rebecca has decided it’s now her turn to travel to Michael.
“I’m so excited to finally be able to go and visit the places he regularly tells me about, and of course finally get to meet his family and friends properly,” said Luff.
Despite a formal in-person introduction, Luff admitted that she’s already built close relationships with Young’s family and friends, catching up with them through social media often.
How these two lovebirds met might be concerning for some parents, but Rebecca says, “The best part is, everyone is so supportive, and my Dad always tells me to do these crazy things whilst I’m young.”
The two have already planned out their Australia adventure together, which includes a trip to Bondi Beach, a bucket list place Rebecca has always dreamed of visiting.
While biannual visits have been working for the couple early in their relationship, the duo realizes that eventually one of them will have to make the big move halfway around the world.
“It sounds incredibly cheesy, but if it’s meant to be we will find a way to make it work,” Rebecca Luff optimistically told the Plymouth Herald.