According to a 2017 study by researchers from the University of New Mexico and Stanford University, a good portion of today’s couples don’t meet by happenstance or through a mutual connection. Instead, roughly 40 percent of heterosexual couples and almost two-thirds of same-sex pairs find each other via the internet.
Paul and Lee followed this path, although their romance didn’t take off right away. They met via the internet and spent the next two years sending each other text messages. After that, they finally met in person, and all of the emotions of their long courtship bubbled to the surface.
“We met in November of last year,” Paul recalled on The Jeremy Kyle Show in 2012. “It was emotional, because we’d been talking for so long.” After meeting in person, the men realized they had a physical connection, too, and took their relationship to the next, more serious level.