Dev is unsure about getting serious with his live-in girlfriend and holds a lackadaisical perspective that comes from years of dating flakes.
Unlike his son, Dev’s dad had no choice but to select his wife from two arranged marriage presentations, so when Dev opens up about his ambivalence toward commitment, his immigrant father scolds him for his indecision.
Instead of going the traditional route, they are taking the search into their own hands while respecting their parents’ beliefs and wishes.
Sonia*, a 25-year-old master’s student, sums it up like this: “I feel that because I have other aspects of my life in place—from work to finishing my master’s to training for a marathon—this aspect is something I should also take steps toward achieving.
But having an abundance of online dating options doesn’t necessarily make the process of finding someone you can spend your life with easier.
“We are conducting the entire process of finding someone with a tick-box mentality. “We have become overly specific on ensuring an individual has X, Y or Z or earns a certain amount, as opposed to seeing how suitable the person is with respect to personality and life goals and ambitions.” According to Psychology Today, people have the tendency to fill in the information gaps with flattering details when looking for mates online, while making themselves appear as desirable as possible, even if that means exaggerating their positive traits.
Its tag line is “the place for awesome Muslims to meet” and it imitates a lot of features found on the popular dating apps.
Salaam Swipe was also launched recently by Canadian entrepreneur Khalil Jessa and allows users to filter matches based on their political beliefs.
Muzmatch is not the only player in the Muslim dating-app game.
Minder is an alternative to platforms like Tinder, where “swiping” for casual dates is not the end goal, marriage is.
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