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New Modes of Communication: Online Dating: South Asia
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Internet dating sites

Internet dating/matrimonial sites first appeared in the 1980s and, since then, have gained widespread popularity, so much so that the act of engaging in a cyber or online romance is now a socially sanctioned and normalized practice. As Sophia DeMasi notes, “an estimated 2,500 dating websites [are] in operation entertaining approximately 40 million visitors each month” (2007, 208). Moreover, the use …

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Somani, Alia, “New Modes of Communication: Online Dating: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_001409>
First published online: 2011

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