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"Since I'm on my laptop most of the time anyway, they assume I'm studying when I chat.
My parents, especially my mother, are on my case 24/7, so I honestly don't know what I would have done without these chat rooms," she says.
One such site offers guidance to both genders, such as "being handsome and saying no to girls" or "expecting lavish gifts and saying no to boys." Neda, a 27-year-old medical student who lives in Shiraz with parents she describes as over-protective, tells Al-Monitor the only way she can find boyfriends is through chat rooms.
Neda says she has been chatting online for almost four years, and her parents don't have a clue about it, which gives her a sense of liberation.
To launch their sites and remain online, Iranian chat rooms require permission from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
Some of these websites, though legal, offer what they call "sound advice," or tutorials, on ways to find a boyfriend or girlfriend, along with detailed guides.
Match-making and dating websites are deemed illegal by the administration, so almost all the Iran-based websites for meeting people are chat rooms and not designated for match-making.
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