Then, you start entering your personal information and the criteria upon which the potential matches are selected.Criteria can include height, skin color, weight, nationality, hair and eye color, educational level and financial situation.On some websites, there are additional entries where sect and area of residence are specified, in line with the Lebanese reality.
There are subsequent payments to be made once a match is found and the date to meet or communicate with the potential match is set.
Although the services provided by these websites are said to be free, there is a fee ranging between $10 and $20 when the phone number or email of a person is requested.
Around 20 hours after the payment, you start receiving emails about potential matches.
Though at first the phenomenon had been limited to a small number of agencies where the hopeful groom or bride could actually visit and talk about their criteria, hundreds of ads to find the right match and experience love, as the ads say, can be found on a daily basis on the websites and social networking sites in Lebanon.
Are these agencies, either virtual or real, a truly effective solution to the problem in Lebanon, be it for men or women?
Virtual dating A simple click on the link to dating and marriage site ads will lead you to a carefully designed website, with photos of young Lebanese men and women, or even Arab and foreign men and women, looking to find a Lebanese husband or wife.
First, you are asked to log in and to create an account.
Based on research produced by nongovernmental organizations, a study by Radio Netherlands said that as the spinsterhood rate among girls at the age for marriage was 85% in Lebanon, one could only expect a social explosion to occur.
It is no minor matter that only 15% of Lebanese girls can find a husband.
The reason is that the age of marriage for men has gone up, given the current economic hardships and other issues.
However, rather than protests in the street to demand improved economic and social conditions, this social explosion is taking place on the Internet, where dozens of dating websites are addressing spinsterhood and delayed marriage by offering to help find the right match.