"All I knew," she says, "was that he was unable to hold a job. Once we moved in together on our wedding night, I found out that he is addicted to crystal meth.
Had we initially met in person, this would have been very unlikely." But, most young, tech-savvy Iranians who have found dates through chat rooms, continue to frequent these online spaces and enjoy chatting, even if it doesn't result in a real-life meeting or a serious relationship.
Also, it's healthy and hygienic and everything is clear before the encounter. This opportunity is mostly presented to young candidates of marriage as a means to enter a period of courtship prior to getting married.
The other way sigheh is known to be concretized--and heavily criticized--is when religious married men desire a mistress, or enter sexual relations with a woman outside of marriage.
Critics believe that this is a way for entering prostitution, despite the fact that it is allowed per Shi'ism and is considered halal.
One of these weblogs -- which became active and attracted attention in September, has been removed from its virtual address as of October 24.
There are also Facebook pages dedicated to women who openly announce their readiness to become concubines, some of whom refer interested men to procurers. I don't know about others, but after the sexual encounter, I am satisfied just like my sex partner is. And I also get paid, so for me, it's fair; a win-win situation for both parties involved.
Online dating has increasingly become a way for young people in Iran to connect, and, as of late, even get married, though the latter is still quite uncommon.
Fariba, 31, is a newly divorced attorney living in Tehran who, in a phone conversation, tells Al-Monitor she blames her divorce on online dating.
It means any interpretation of Islamic jurisprudence issued by a qualified scholar, usually in response to a believer’s question.
Twelver Shi’ism — the branch of Shi’ism that derives legitimacy from a line of twelve imams who succeeded the Prophet, and is the prevailing faith in Iran — has a much more defined and rigorous clerical hierarchy than almost any other strain of Islam.