They also reported being flooded with matches and responses.
For the now-engaged AUC graduate, her foray into Tinder began in 2015, when she and two other AUC friends started using tinder together as “a support group” when they were bored.
So she turned to ICQ chat rooms, which she had first used for non-dating purposes as a teenager abroad, and then migrated to Ok Cupid and Tinder.
Nehal was veiled when she started online dating, though no longer is, and has a curfew, as many unmarried Egyptian women living with family do (unlike males).
Nehal, 31, a graduate from a public Egyptian university, who used only her first name for privacy reasons.
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was frustrated that she wanted to date but hadn’t found anyone through her social and family circles, as is most common in Egypt.“For parents and stuff, I can never say Tinder,” said the twenty-five-year-old, who lives with female friends in an upscale neighborhood in the capital, Cairo.She requested anonymity because of the stigma against dating and sex outside of marriage in socially conservative Egypt.“It’s everything I hate about [Egyptian] society condensed in an app.” She asked Vocativ not to use her name because she “manage[s] a lot of young boys at work.” Still, after first trying out Tinder in Canada, she’s continued to use it in Cairo on-again off-again to expand her dating circle, with some successful romances along the way. “But in Egypt it’s used for many things.” Traditionally in Egypt sexual relations outside of marriage are taboo — in fact, any dating that happens is generally short and geared towards getting engaged.Sexual health education, meanwhile, is practically non-existent, and nearly all Egyptian women have experienced sexual harassment.“I am not pro this [dating apps and websites] if it’s not about serious commitment to marriage,” the well-known Egyptian sexologist and TV show host Heba Kotb, who is popular for her conservative, though sometimes controversial, opinions on sex and religion, told Vocativ.Kotb, who is also a Professor of Psychology at American University of Cairo, is rare in Egypt for her TV show that openly answers viewers questions on sex, including her views that homosexuality and masturbation are wrong.Cairo, Egypt – When one graduate of Egypt’s prestigious American University of Cairo (AUC) recently became engaged, she told her parents in southern Egypt that she met her fiancée through mutual friends.The truth: they met after both swiping right on a dating app.“Some guys were like all over you, which is not okay.” She and her now fiancé casually dated, including sex, for about six months before they began formally dating and then got engaged after a year.Another friend in the circle, however, felt less satisfied with her dates, casual sex, and few relationships through Tinder.