Internet Dating for Arranged Marriage

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Throughout the years, advances in technology has changed the way people go about living their daily lives. One of these technological advances that has affected peoples lives in many different aspects is the internet. Whether it’s social networking sites that help you keep in touch with your friends or how you receive information, the internet has affected how people live, learn, and even date. Many people have given up on the conventional way to search for a mate and instead use websites such as eHarmony.com or match.com to find someone. Even in traditional families (transplanted in Britain) that had previously used arranged marriage, have now allowed young adults to use the internet to help pick a mate who their parents would approve of. Despite the fact that in both traditional cultures and modern ones are using these websites to help find a potential spouse, there are differences between the two.

In western civilizations, dating was limited to either meeting someone on your own, or being introduced through a friend. However, for many people finding the time to meet someone became increasingly difficult as they would be too focused on work or other activities. People in these situations, who were still looking for love, turned to the internet to help solve their problem.

The use of internet dating in more traditional societies has come to fruition through the dissatisfaction younger generations have had with arranged marriages. By using the internet, these young adults from traditional cultures can easily find potential partners who would be accepted by their parents. By using this method called “assisted” arranged marriage, the younger generations can have the freedom to choose who they spend their life with, while still maintaining some respect to their culture’s tradition.

One of the major differences between people in modern cultures using the internet for dating and traditional cultures using it, is the qualities one is hoping to find in a...
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