I was just not happy with the quality of men that I was finding at all.Then when I came across this web site, I’ve had much better luck on this site than the other sites because it’s specialized, because it attracts a different breed of people.” Political Matchmakers Alex Fondrier, co-founder and chief executive officer of Political Matchmakers, conceived the idea for the site after experiencing difficulty meeting people who shared his passion for politics."There are many people who are single, and when that happens it means no families and no children," he said.“This is not a dating website,” Mr. "Intermediaries and people who are trusted by people and families" are going to do the matchmaking, reported the Iranian Student News agency, ISNA.Applicants will submit their detailed personal information to the site and then matchmakers will find the best fit for them, he explained."We also see people who haven’t necessarily tried online dating before.They’re people holding the Romney posters or the Obama posters. They’re the types of folks that just love talking politics.” As on most dating web sites, users enter their educational information, where they live, and their interests, but they also answer questions about their views on a variety of social and economic issues.In the late 1980s, Ayatollah Khomeini issued fatwas making birth control widely available in the country.
Iran has pursued an effective birth control program for over two decades."Then the system puts you on a political spectrum and shows you how conservative you and also your other matches are overall, or how liberal you are overall,” Fondrier says.Finding your niche The two websites are the latest additions to what experts call "niche" dating sites.“Some people believe that opposites attract and they like to meet someone that’s not a carbon copy of themselves," Spira says. "And please take your relationship from online to offline during the first few weeks, if you live in the same city, because you don’t want to end up like a digital pen pal and fall for someone that you have no idea who they really are.” That’s the next step for users of Political Matchmakers’ websites."This way they have an opportunity to learn more about different things in life and different opinions. “Now we’re starting to have some in-person events," Fondrier says.Eleven million of Iran's 80 million citizens are bachelors under 30, and the matchmaking website is a part of a larger official effort in Iran to reduce this number and increase birthrates.