What we do in Iran, however, is a big service, sometimes including sacrifices, given the risks we occasionally take, such as letting me be interviewed by Al-Monitor and trusting your word that the name of our website would remain unpublished." Another Iran-based website-owner, a 30-year-old software engineer who lives in Kerman, says he does all the site's technical work single-handedly.
In a phone interview, the source tells Al-Monitor, "I'm making much more money than most of my former classmates. Thanks to the website's success, I make a lot of money through ads.
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One such site offers guidance to both genders, such as "being handsome and saying no to girls" or "expecting lavish gifts and saying no to boys." Neda, a 27-year-old medical student who lives in Shiraz with parents she describes as over-protective, tells Al-Monitor the only way she can find boyfriends is through chat rooms.
Neda says she has been chatting online for almost four years, and her parents don't have a clue about it, which gives her a sense of liberation.
"Since I'm on my laptop most of the time anyway, they assume I'm studying when I chat.
"All I knew," she says, "was that he was unable to hold a job. Once we moved in together on our wedding night, I found out that he is addicted to crystal meth.
Had we initially met in person, this would have been very unlikely." But, most young, tech-savvy Iranians who have found dates through chat rooms, continue to frequent these online spaces and enjoy chatting, even if it doesn't result in a real-life meeting or a serious relationship.