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The traditional role of Iranian families and local matchmakers in arranging marriages has declined in recent years, and the country has some 350 private matchmaking sites.
Clerics have lamented that many young Iranians are opting for long-term dating and informal partnerships rather than traditional marriage.
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It’s online dating as you’ve never seen it before – no profile photos, matches are chosen for you, and parents must also go on the first date, but is Iran’s government-controlled dating service fighting a losing battle against Western desires?
Noting that Iran has a marriageable population of around 11 million, he said that, "with the help of this site, we could have 100,000 marriages with a correct method, and the problem of marriage for young people would be partly solved."Not only is the government attempting to encourage marriage, it is also seeking to reduce a record divorce rate which has reached 22 percent.
In big cities such as Tehran, an estimated one in three couples divorce.
A psychologist delivers a stern warning about the dangers of Western romantic habits: “In emotional or romantic relationships in the US, 93 per cent ultimately lead to divorce.” “Loving at first look or sight is, I emphasise, very dangerous,” he tells me.
Mohammad Kamand is preparing a young man for marriage at Tebyan, a government-approved website where arranged unions are strongly favoured over love matches. Profile pictures are forbidden and parents must accompany would-be couples on their first dates.
Nearly half of all Iranians from 18 to 35 are single and Tebyan’s official raison d'être is to help the country escape a ‘marriage crisis’.