Fariba found her ex-husband in an Iranian chat room and met up with him after four chatting sessions.
He is a Sharif University graduate, brilliant and good-looking.
My parents, especially my mother, are on my case 24/7, so I honestly don't know what I would have done without these chat rooms," she says.
Neda says she arranges her outings before or after her classes at school, "so my mom thinks I'm spending time in the lab or have an extra class of some kind at the university." A few active chat rooms, which are closely monitored by the government, have serious rules and restrictions, and openly warn users about the round-the-clock presence of “designated observers” who, at times, may mediate conversations.
Interestingly enough, there are a couple of religion-driven websites that connect marriage candidates in more conservative ways.