Persian dating service
Iran has launched its first official matchmaking website to try to encourage more young people to marry.Nearly half of all Iranians from 18 to 35 are unmarried, around 11 million people but the Tebyan Cultural and Information Center, a government affiliated organisation has launched a website, to combat the rising trend among Iranian youth to marry later or even forego marriage completely.It belongs to the World Singles Network and offers a standard, yet respectable range of tools and features to help people locate and connect with one another through online chat, messaging and ice breakers.On joining, after choosing a user name and password, you will need to answer a few personal questions and supply a mini-biography.In Iran, dating is frowned upon by traditional and religious families and forbidden by the state, so finding the person to share one’s life with can be tricky.Online matchmaking has expanded swiftly in recent years with an estimated 350 unofficial websites active at present.Afterwards they are invited to an interview at the headquarters of Tebyan’s matchmaking website where further evaluation as well as verification is conducted.
The mediator will then choose suitable matches from the databank with the help of our website software and introduce their families to each other so that everything will be supervised by the family” Hosseini says.
Here in Tebyan we are focusing on one aspect, finding an appropriate spouse,” she explains.
It may be the closest thing to Tinder in Iran but young people in the West would find the restrictions suffocating.
“The median marriage age in the capital Tehran has already reached 30 for men and 28 for women.
This greatly increases the chance of an individual never marrying and alarm bells are ringing,” says Zohreh Hosseini, the website project manager at Tebyan.