ISLAMABAD: Many Pakistanis feel that Facebook has become a good way to date and find suitors.
In Pakistan, it is not easy for girls and boys to interact with each other, so the social networking programme ‘Facebook’ has become quite handy. Many Pakistanis are joining the love and dating networks and making the most of whatever is offered.
“Access to quick detailed profiles with photos just makes things a lot easier and, more importantly, membership is free. Unlike a matrimonial site, we are free to interact and exchange information with anyone we like, free of charge,” pointed out Ayesha Ahmed, a Facebook user. More and more young Pakistanis are getting “hooked on Facebook”, which is just behind Google and YouTube in terms of popularity, according to Alexa, a United States-based web research institute.
Education institutions are taking steps to ensure that students don’t waste time on such websites. Beaconhouse National University in Lahore has blocked Facebook in its computer labs because it represents a big “distraction” for students. Interestingly, while most parents are against their children, especially their daughters, chatting or dating unknown people, they are open to the idea of looking for future spouses on Facebook. Under the circumstances, dating is obviously tough for those who are not on Facebook.
“Most people think that girls on Facebook are ‘available’, which is not the case. I learnt to spurn such advances the hard way,” said a young Facebook user who did not wish to be named.
Source: Daily Times, 5/5/2008