However, some of these websites are filled with shallow popular content.One such site offers guidance to both genders, such as "being handsome and saying no to girls" or "expecting lavish gifts and saying no to boys." Neda, a 27-year-old medical student who lives in Shiraz with parents she describes as over-protective, tells Al-Monitor the only way she can find boyfriends is through chat rooms.
I cover a greater user population than the youth on the hunt for a casual, or even serious, relationship, who resort to chat rooms under the cover of other interests and activities.
I cater to the younger generation's technical curiosity and love of certain kinds of electronic games as well.
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.
His website publishes marriage candidates’ details, like their physical appearance and whether or not they've been married.
Then, registered members request the website to find them a suitable partner based on their information. Such match-making websites are rare, however, and exist only because of their religious backing.
According to the Iranian Cyber Police, or FATA, a branch of the Iranian Disciplinary Force, such websites are illegal and the ones that do exist and are active, according to FATA's spokesman, “are operated by servers outside Iran and simply rip off users.” Reaching the managers of Iranian chat rooms proved to be a tough task.
I was finally able to interview two people, both of whom agreed to be interviewed on the condition of anonymity.
It’s not always about finding love so much as it is about finding a potential marriage partner who fits with one’s own ideals.