Online dating and the Asian community
In today’s busy modern world, some social groups have embraced the benefits of online dating more quickly than others. One cultural group that has seen its singles make the most of relationship sites and their benefits is the Pakistani community.
Not only do online dating sites allow Pakistani singles to discover romance and long-term love, but they also assist with a much broader transformation in society. Dating sites have gone a long way towards encouraging and assisting the Pakistani community to a new approach to love.
Here’s a look at how this technology is helping to transform Britain’s Pakistani community, and their thoughts on romance.
A look at arranged marriages in the UK
Romance and love are topics that have remained contentious in the clash between eastern and western cultures. For many families from countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan the western approaches to love and dating can be quite a shock.
Legislation in the UK is quickly transforming to allow the next generation of Pakistani immigrants to adapt to local life. One of the most contentious issues is arguably that of arranged marriages. Not to be confused with forced marriages, arranged marriages are ones that form a union that the entire family approves of.
The popularity of Asian online dating sites in the UK
Much of the motivation behind arranged marriages is attempting to form unions and bonds with the cultural community abroad. For older members of the community, creating these bonds and relationships allows the culture to flourish and survive. For younger members, finding someone from their own community can be a great way to meet compatible and like-minded people.
Online dating sites allow singles to find people who share the same core values and attitudes to life, including religion, passions and interests. This popular and convenient form of matchmaking allows people to discover love, whether that’s within their own community or not.
The dating challenges faced by Pakistani singles in the UK
More and more people are discovering love online, both within their community and beyond, although online dating hasn’t resolved all of the issues faced by Pakistani singles in the UK. The main thing young Pakistani singles must be sensitive toward is the older members of their community wishing to continue the traditions and practices of old, whilst they desire a very different experience offered by modern life.
Balancing these two ways of living is often quite a challenge. For singles who choose to break with tradition and bring home someone from a different ethnic background, some families will react differently to others. Whatever their reaction, patience, integrity and determination are all key to discovering happiness in the long run.
Tracey Chandler is a freelance travel and female-interest writer. She contributes regularly to a number of travel blogs and a range of female-focused publications.