Didn’t her bio say she was looking for “the BFF,” not BFFs?

She told me how she was going on a trip with two of them the following weekend.

We hadn’t even met yet and I was already kind of jealous.

” Chantal had sent a meeting invite that popped up as a notification for my Google Calendar. A few days later, after circling the block several times, I finally walked through the revolving door of her apartment building and rode the elevator up to the sixth floor.

I imagined the event on her calendar, our date sandwiched between her last work meeting and working out. I wasn’t sure if I should knock, ring the bell, or text, “I’m here! When she opened the door, she was wearing a black T-shirt and jeans.

Anyone who has to use technology to make friends must not be able to make them in real life, right?

Then again, when was the last time, post-college or grad school, you actually made a new, lasting friendship?I took my shoes off and made my way to the dining-room table.She took a seat across from me, set a cheese plate down between us, tilted her head to the side in curiosity, and asked, “So, how are you?” in a way that made me feel like she really wanted to know.For the next three hours, we shared stories about dating, family, and moving to New York—and I devoured every piece of Brie on the plate.Not that life ever feels like you think it should at a certain age, but at 30, I felt as if things were going pretty well. Enter Bumble BFF, the supposedly squad-building feature on the same dating app I’d been using for the previous six months to meet men. Online dating, or employing a website or app to find a potential partner, has lost much of its stigma; there are 40 million Americans using dating websites, as reported by e Harmony, and 20 percent of relationships today started online.