Neda says she has been chatting online for almost four years, and her parents don't have a clue about it, which gives her a sense of liberation."Since I'm on my laptop most of the time anyway, they assume I'm studying when I chat.
Online dating has increasingly become a way for young people in Iran to connect, and, as of late, even get married, though the latter is still quite uncommon.Fariba, 31, is a newly divorced attorney living in Tehran who, in a phone conversation, tells Al-Monitor she blames her divorce on online dating.Some of these websites, though legal, offer what they call "sound advice," or tutorials, on ways to find a boyfriend or girlfriend, along with detailed guides.These chat room administrators avoid trouble by simply offering guidance, as well as tips on how to be cautious and not allow others (generally men) to take advantage of you.Interestingly enough, there are a couple of religion-driven websites that connect marriage candidates in more conservative ways.
Jafar Savalanpour, a 49-year-old cleric, started such a website in 2001.
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This is what my two friends and I, the co-founders of this website, pride ourselves on the most.
To start such a website, be active and even thrive on it in total freedom, like the Persian-language chat rooms and dating websites operating outside Iran, is no art.
Fariba found her ex-husband in an Iranian chat room and met up with him after four chatting sessions.