What Ever Happened To The First Tinder Match Made In Antarctica?

In 2014, an American scientist working at a research center in Antarctica became the first human to find a Tinder match in the world's southernmost continent.

In an interview with New York Magazine, he said he had decided to log on to the dating app "just for fun," to see if there were any women out on the virtually uninhabited, loveless tundra.


Antarctica (Photo: Eli Duke/ Flickr CC)

Initially, no one showed up, but after broadening his location range, he managed to find a researcher working at a deep field camp a 45-minute helicopter ride away.

Just a few minutes after swiping right, he was notified that "It's a Match!".

"She was actually in her tent in the Dry Valleys when we matched," explains the scientist, who asked not to be named for fears the government may revoke his late-night internet privileges.

"She was quite literally camping in Antarctica, went on Tinder, and found me. It's mind-blowing."  

Tinder later confirmed that this was "probably" the first match made on the ice-covered landmass.

But this didn't quite lead to actual date, as the woman was scheduled to leave Antartica the next day.

And the last we heard, the American researcher said he was "yet to become the first Tinder hookup in Antarctic history" and was hoping to see her again when she returned.

So, what happened? Did this blossom into a fruitful romance? Did they find "love in a hopeless place"?

Konbini has reached out to Grace Wyler, the journalist who originally covered the story — but if anyone else has any further information, please let us know.

(Photo: B-Cru via Flickr CC)

(Photo: Flickr/B-Cru)

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