Two different respondents, both Muslim and married, wrote that those who use apps are not serious or honest.Though these two had not dated, the rest of the respondents had all either nearly been caught themselves, or had heard about less fortunate instances.“Before I was married, I only saw my husband on the one-kilometer-square compound I lived on,” she wrote.
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According to Gupta, research shows that though young people in less urban areas of India are not as open to online dating, social attitudes are rapidly shifting.
“We have come a long way in the last few years and dating is slowly getting socially and culturally acceptable,” Gupta wrote in an email.
Cultural acceptance towards modern-day dating and the apps that accompany it falls along a spectrum. In places like India, urbanization and increasing use of technology are catalyzing new social and romantic trends.
And in Saudi Arabia, companies like Whos Here are trying to tap into a new market that the society doesn’t seem set up for.According to Shirin Rai Gupta, a company employee and PR representative, Truly Madly rejects about 12 percent of the profile photos uploaded each day.Keeping out imposters and married men seems to be the main problem and priority.One respondent, 33 and married, who has lived her whole life in the country, wrote that dating is not allowed; she does not know anyone using any such apps or websites.Another, a 29 year-old British expat who is Christian, married and has lived in Saudi Arabia for two years, says that she and her husband had to sneak around.ith the help of Susie Khalil, an American blogger living in Jeddah, we conducted a Facebook survey of current Saudi Arabia residents to get their views on dating and the apps that enable it.