Meet two 4-Staters who found love with a dating app

Dating apps have helped millions of people find all types of love, but how successful can they be?

Stephen Verheyen is a healthcare worker in Joplin.

“It’s much more accepted now, and I get that,” Stephen tells us while painting a coffee mug at Firehouse Pottery in Joplin. “But there’s still sort of a weirdness to it that’s, I don’t know. It just seems kind of odd that people are connecting without actually meeting, and then it goes from there instead of the other way around.

“We actually met on Bumble, an online app. So yeah, not too crazy of a story there.”

We met Jessica Boeger, also a healthcare worker, at her home in Joplin.

“I mean, to me it’s not a ton different than real life,” she said. “People meet people, they go on great dates, and they get married. People meet people, they go on horrible dates, and they have a horrible story to tell. So same thing with dating apps, some people have good stories, some people have bad stories, some people have these awesome stories.

“That day, I was in a good mood swiping like, ‘sure sure,’ but somedays I’d be like, ‘no no.'”

“So she kind of jokes,” says Stephen. “She’s like I could’ve been in a bad mood that day and completely swiped left on ya. So yeah, it feels a little serendipitous. Everything has to matchup just right.”

“For years, I probably didn’t put myself out there as much as I should,” Jessica tells us, “and so I feel like dating apps allowed me to be a little bit braver behind the scenes and gather my facts before I took the jump and met one on one with an individual.”

We see Stephen back at Firehouse Pottery, continuing to work on the mug.

“She always jokes that we’ll write Bumble a letter to tell them our success story,” Stephen says laughing. “Honestly we were both at a point in our lives where we were feeling a little hopeless in the whole dating game because that does tend to happen. Especially the older you get. But yeah, we just connected.

“And now,” he tells us as he brushes the side of the mug, “I plan to make her my wife.”