06. 08. 2006
Looking for a place to look for love in
Hundreds of websites promise to match soul mates, but the lack of regulation and accountability in the industry is surprising. The Washington Post is running a great piece on the ramifications of the online meet and greet. Sadly, it's not all tea and cupcakes, Mary Ann. Casual keyboard banter has led to problems with STD notification, fraudulent profiles to entice new users, and the standard cases of cash and ticket scams that have plagued mail order bride companies for decades.
Young Pakistanis worldwide have decided to go a different route and integrate a dating site with a respectable online version of the TV show "The Dating Game." Shaadi Online picks a profile for one lucky lady that's shown to the viewing audience. Interested viewers respond with their willingness to marry the nice lady, and the computer screens all of the potential applicant profiles. The bride-to-be picks a gentleman out of the top three and they get married after introductions and marriage counseling. No muss, no fuss, and it's kind of respectable when compared to MySpace.