Hearts Without Borders – Comparing Dating IRL and Online

dating irl

The hosts share their thoughts on the differences between dating IRL (in real life) and online dating, how they feel about having kids, their opinions on snow as the season starts to chill, advice for buying a first house, and what they thought of Thor: Ragnarok – THIS WEEK on Hearts Without Borders!


  • (:51) – Our Weeks
    • Peter and Rachel seeing Thor: Ragnarok
    • Anneke’s work week of hell
    • Joe finishing final projects
  • (13:15) – Getting to Know You
    • How do you feel about kids?
    • What names would you give prospective kids?
      • Peter and Rachel: Claire and Luke
      • Joe and Anneke: Grace, Emery, and Gordon
  • (26:45) – Dating IRL vs Online
    • Our relationship histories
    • Pros and cons
    • The role of Tinder today
    • Online communication beyond relationships
  • (40:38) – Snow!
    • Regional winter differences
    • Excitement levels of seeing snow
  • (47:48) – Mailbag
    • Alexa: “What advice do you have, when it comes to buying a house?”
      • Be prepared for a long procedure
      • It’s OK for your first place to not be your dream home
      • Find a home inspector you can trust
      • Find a realtor who you feel comfortable with
  • (1:03:55) – Easter Egg
    • Going to the live show for My Favorite Murder

dating irl

Hearts Without Borders is the podcast about international long-distance relationships and friendships. As Peter and Rachel have been married since 2015 after an England-to-America immigration, Joe and Anneke begin their own USA-Canada process. Together, the foursome discusses the highs and lows of LDRs, what happened in their weeks, and any other topic they can think of. You can follow the show on social media @hwbpod and ask questions or other forms of contact at hwbpod(AT)gmail(DOT)com.

The following two tabs change content below.

Peter Spezia

Editor-in-Chief at Rhymes With Asia
Speaking into a microphone about nerd culture is a passion project for Peter Spezia, formerly known as SMYNYouko. Peter has been an Internet broadcaster since 2007, with past shows including Show Me Your News and WTF, Pokémon. His latest ventures include hosting The PowerSwitch - gaming's call-in talk radio show - and writing for RhymesWithAsia.com. A University of Michigan alum, Peter lives in the Great Lakes State with his wife Rachel as he works in video production for FCA US LLC. When he isn't keeping track of the latest video game industry news, Peter is either playing the guitar or staying fit.