5 stages of online dating

Opening up to each other and the wider world didn't come without challenges, Goodman concedes.

"Let's go move in on the island," Lafargue commented to Wisdom on that first photo.

They kept communicating on the service—with him even asking for her phone number—until October, when Wisdom flew from Texas to New Orleans for their first date.

In the world of online dating, an app like Tinder is the substitute for kismet.

If it doesn't lessen your love for the right person, it does make for a less lively story. Denis Lafargue and Elizabeth Wisdom met over a photo of Oregon's Crater Lake that Wisdom posted on Instagram in 2012.

Whether their love or fictional love is played out on the scale of a movie screen or a smartphone screen, the formula is still the same.