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.
In their view, older generations are mostly unaware of such apps and disapprove of dating itself.
“Earlier, even Facebook was taboo,” wrote a 20-year-old Jeddah resident.
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.
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.We initially got married so we could actually date properly.” Kuwait, like Saudi Arabia, is an Islamic society, and when Desert Girl first arrived in 1996, she says that no one would ever date out in public—though that rule didn’t apply to foreigners and married couples.Most marriages were arranged, and any actions a woman took that might be deemed uncouth could bring instant shame on her family.Her reputation and marriage prospects could be out the window.As for men, they are forbidden from approaching women they don’t know.One way that Kuwait got around this was to have restaurants equipped with “cabinas,” private dining rooms where dating would take place behind literal closed doors.