When I think about dating in the digital world, the Middle East isn't the first thing coming to mind. By entering a phone number you could learn someone's full name, see comments left on their account, and maybe get a link to their Facebook page.
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.
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.
The internet has opened new doors for single women in highly traditional societies, allowing them to chat with strangers discreetly from their homes, away from the eyes of family members.
Saudi Arabia currently has the world’s Nikia Johnson, who works for Whos Here, said in an email that Saudis use the app to make and meet new friends who are in their area or when traveling, as well as to chat and meet with people for dating purposes.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.Kuwait’s divorce rate is about 50 percent, there are many more women in the workforce, and Kuwaiti women are now marrying foreign men—something that was completely unheard of 10 years ago.Though young people no longer sneak around inordinately, she says, the concept of dating is still new.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.