“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.
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.
“Earlier, even Facebook was taboo,” wrote a 20-year-old Jeddah resident.
Two different respondents, both Muslim and married, wrote that those who use apps are not serious or honest.
The Trust Score is created and improved by linking to Facebook and Linked In profiles, as well as uploading copies of photo ID such as their passport, voter I-cards, employment verification, and .Truly Madly’s average user age is 23, and India’s top 10 cities account for around 70 percent of their total user base.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.Another, a 29 year-old British expat who is Christian, married and has lived in Saudi Arabia for two years, says that she and her husband had to sneak around.“Before I was married, I only saw my husband on the one-kilometer-square compound I lived on,” she wrote.“Going anywhere outside of the compound would risk being deported.