Iran has caught the Internet dating bug big time and the preferred app du jour is Telegram, an encrypted messaging service that has also become the favored medium for political campaigns.During recent parliamentary elections, former president Mohammad Khatami used Telegram to urge Iranians to vote for a so-called List of Hope.The Atlantic Council Iran Initiative aims to galvanize the international community – led by the United States with its global allies and partners – to increase the JCPOA’s chances of success and build on its model for conflict resolution.The Initiative also seeks to promote a deeper understanding of Iran to inform US policymakers as they formulate new approaches to the Islamic Republic.
When I arrived at the bachelor quarters in Tehran, Iran I was instantly lonely. Though the phone number of the bachelor quarters was unlisted, we got phone calls all the time from Iranian girls wanting to meet G. Though the Shah’s Iran was quite liberal, it was still a more traditional culture than the US.
Iranian software engineers have been quick to replicate American websites like and e-Harmony, showing photos and profiles of those seeking companionship.
The Iranian government has clearly been taken by surprise by this development, as it has by so many other aspects of Iran’s increasingly sophisticated modern culture.
There are several Telegram groups, which have labeled themselves as facilitating introductions for marriage and ask for payment, starting at a month, to enter the chat room with a designated, supposedly compatible spouse-to-be, defined by questionnaires and prior vetting.
Many of these channels are not really for marriage and are hanging by a thread for fear of being uncovered by the authorities.