Zimbabwe internet dating services
She is a mother of one and was just finding an excuse to find adventure with young boys.’ (Heath, 21 years old) The sex-offender ‘I was almost raped by a guy I met up on Dating Buzz.
He was very sweet and seemed caring as we chatted online.
I had contracted an STI.’ (Peter, 29 years old) The ’22-year-old’ ‘I met a girl who described herself as a 22-year-old woman on her profile on Evening Touch.
‘I have realised that most men, in the right environment and conditions, can pay for sex.
Being active on dating sites is my strategy to lure them in numbers,’ she said.
Marriage, or rather dating, in Zimbabwe, used to be an ‘institution or an arrangement’ which involved a lot of rules and cultural or moral expectations that two people in a relationship were suppose to follow. In recent years with the advent of new technological gadgets like smartphones and laptops, there is a new dating trend which is fast developing in the country: internet dating.
As of 2014, out of the 14-million people in Zimbabwe, about 5.2 million now have internet access, a development which is seeing internet dating grow.
I caught up with one female participant who goes by the user name, Gracy, on one of the sites.
She says she uses the site because her nature of work is so demanding that she doesn’t have time to date the normal way.Sites like Metrodate, Topface, Dating Buzz and Evening Touch, to mention just a few are helping boys, girls, men and women find dates.But, why are most people in the country now very active on these dating sites?Digging deep into the subject I realised that a lot of people who have used these sites always have interesting stories from their encounters.I then interviewed a couple people and most of their stories were shocking to say the least: The perfect girl gone bad ‘I went on a date with a girl who seemed normal and cool on her Topface profile; I said to myself “this is marriage material”.We didn’t talk much, cause we spent the better part of the hour I had booked having sex.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating