Women Find Safe Way To Connect As Online Dating Culture Becomes Popular In Pakistan
Online dating culture has started to take roots in Pakistan, as a growing number of people, particularly women aged 18-40, have started using these applications to connect in a ‘safe and discreet’ way.
According to a study conducted by the Indonesian Journal of Communication Studies, most of Pakistan’s Tinder users come from major cities, such as Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi.
Deutsche Welle reported that in addition to Tinder, other dating apps are also growing in popularity. “MuzMatch caters exclusively to Muslims looking for a date. Bumble, despite being relatively new to the online dating market, is a favorite among many Pakistani feminists, as women initiate the first conversation.”
In Pakistan’s male-dominated society, casual dating is frowned upon. However, dating apps provide an opportunity to challenge these norms and allow women to take more control over their sexuality.
The media outlet reported that many young women in Pakistan use apps because it makes dating more private. “With a dating app, a woman can choose if she wants a discreet one night stand, a fling, a long-term relationship etc. It is hard for women to do this openly in our culture, which is why dating apps give them an opportunity they won’t find elsewhere,” it reported.
The rise of dating culture in Pakistan has also sparked debates ‘over women’s sexuality, consent and safe sex’. “For some, the rising popularity of dating apps reveals the extent of the state’s control over women’s bodies and people’s personal choices,” it added.