Marriage Bureaus vs Online Dating
In this day and age online dating is extremely popular among all religions and backgrounds. It is a fast and effective way to meet people online for either relationships or marriage. Many online dating websites have millions of members from around the world that engage in its services daily. Several online dating websites advertise as marriage bureaus when in fact their services are completely different, allow me to explain.
Online dating services and procedure:
- Create an account online
- Pay monthly fees
- Fixed contract
- Upload your personal details visible to the world
- Upload your personal photo visible to the world
- Add friends
- Message people around the world
- Search for people around world
Marriage Bureau services and procedure:
- Sign up on an SSL protected website or Over the phone (Only some marriage bureaus)
- Pay a one off fee (Only some marriage bureaus)
- No contract
- All personal details are private and secure
- All personal photos are private and secure
- The bureau will find you matches
- The bureau has access to members all around the world on their private database
- Money back guarantees (Only some marriage bureaus)
As you can see from the details above that the major differences between online dating and marriage bureaus are the privacy and contract factors.
Marriage bureaus have private member databases which are for people around the world that do not want their details being public, however online dating websites have public profiles available for members and non-members to view.
There are a number of safety issues with online dating such as stalking, fake images being used, abuse and much more, though they are rare they still do exist in today’s world unfortunately. With marriage bureaus, safety is vital and member confidentiality is extremely important.
Just as online dating has its cons, so do marriage bureaus. Very rarely a few marriage bureaus around the world will not be able to find a match for their members, leaving them distraught, this however is uncommon but can happen in countries in the Middle East. It is important to look for marriage bureaus that offer money back guarantees to ensure customer satisfaction.
It is unfair for an online dating website to advertise as a marriage bureau when it’s services are of ‘dating’ nature. This confuses many people around the world and tricks them into believing they have privacy and security. Countless Muslims around the world apply to marriage bureaus and generally sign their daughters or sons up. In Asian culture parents are attentive of their children’s privacy and only have peace of mind when they are assured these details are protected. Leading online Muslim dating websites have roughly 1-3 million Muslim members on their databases. The most popular age range for online dating is between 24-35. This is a large number of Muslims that are “dating” as opposed to finding a marriage partner!
When a person signs up to a marriage bureau, the team will help find a suitable match based on the details they have provided them with. Once both individuals have received matches they will then contact one another via phone call or email and arrange to meet if conversation goes according to plan. It is usually family members who make initial contact.
Generally both families will meet in a public place to meet the male and female, if all goes well then they will arrange engagement and marriage. Typically this is the chosen route for finding matches in Muslim and Asian culture as it is deemed as permissible by all Muslims. On the other hand Muslims deem online dating to be forbidden as it goes against their beliefs however this is widely debated and numerous people have different views on this topic.
Though marriage bureaus are not as popular as online dating in western countries, statistics are showing a incredible yearly increase. In the near future Marriage bureaus may be as popular as online dating if not more popular.