This month we go into the world of online dating in Egypt, looking into its pros and cons, and asking experts on the best way both users and parents can deal with the increasingly popular trend.

Online dating in conservative societies: far out or a perfect match?

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I found myself in a dozen of those conversations in a few minutes.

And of course, there are some sick examples everywhere…

He said ‘no’ then he went on to ask me if I had a boyfriend; I found that weird.

There were also a bunch who went straight from Hi to let’s chat on whatsapp.

Lina Saad, 23, recounts two different experiences with Tinder, an international mobile dating application. “Upper-middle and upper classes go out more and do more activities, which makes it easier for them to meet others.

The first time, Saad says, “All the men who approached me would jump in the first few sentences to ‘are you a virgin? They wanted to see how far I would go.” She deleted the application after only three days but then went back a year later, was “pickier” and “more attentive” and she has been using it for six months so far and “no one even mentioned sex.” Saad is using Tinder for casual chats and dating; and she is not looking for marriage, as she says. We don’t go out every week, the community is very judgmental. So the online part would not be the first [stage] of the relation but the other way around.The bold step intimidated me; why would I give anyone my number after the first Hi?Then, there was that too-polite guy who decided to start with “I hope my greeting finds you well my dear,” and another who kicked off with “Hi cute girl.” No need to say that this is where that conversation started and ended.However, according to counseling psychologist and founder of Inside Out counseling Center Najla Najib, these traditions are actually a very good incentive for online dating, and not the opposite. “Many families do not allow their girls to even go out for group outings.They don’t accept their daughters to date; therefore, online dating becomes more popular and more applicable for the girls,” Najib explains.More and more Egyptians are going online to find their perfect match.