Online dating and arranged marriages

Marriages that began when couples met online were a little less likely to break up than those who didn’t and those spouses were somewhat more satisfied with their marriages, the researchers determined.

In my view, all parents seeking to arrange a marriage for their sons and daughters do so with the best of intentions.

They are the norm in India, comprising at least 90 percent of all marriages.relatively common elsewhere in South Asia, parts of Africa, the Middle East and East Asian countries like Japan and China." data-reactid="30"The practice also remains relatively common elsewhere in South Asia, parts of Africa, the Middle East and East Asian countries like Japan and people in communities where arranged marriages predominate still feel that parents and other close relatives are qualified to select marriage partners.

Some young Indians consider their parents as more objective than they are about this big decision and more adept at spotting compatibility." data-reactid="31"I believe that most people in communities where arranged marriages predominate still feel that parents and other close relatives are qualified to select marriage partners.

Online dating and matrimonial sites, such as e Harmony, Ok Cupid and The Right Stuff are proliferating and becoming more accepted.

While these sites and apps don’t use the word “arranged” in their branding, it’s hard to deny that they do “arrange” for people to meet.

They don’t always get it right, but they frequently do.

Young people who tie the knot that way have more power to choose their spouses and can even initiate the process instead of their parents." data-reactid="38"As a result of India’s rising incomes, higher education levels and technological advances that ease communications, arranged marriage is changing there and among people of Indian heritage who live elsewhere.

In addition, the explicit criteria – online profiles, personality tests, questionnaires—that they use to match individuals resemble the implicit criteria parents and friends use to identify prospective spouses for arranged marriages.

An important difference is that third parties—dating websites and other matchmaking services or their staff—handle the “arranging” activities.

This clarity often extends into Indian dating, with men stating their intentions, but don’t assume this will be automatic.

If the man you’re dating isn’t clear about what he’s looking for, ask him.

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