There are several Telegram groups, which have labeled themselves as facilitating introductions for marriage and ask for payment, starting at a month, to enter the chat room with a designated, supposedly compatible spouse-to-be, defined by questionnaires and prior vetting.
Many of these channels are not really for marriage and are hanging by a thread for fear of being uncovered by the authorities.
During recent parliamentary elections, former president Mohammad Khatami used Telegram to urge Iranians to vote for a so-called List of Hope.
With the increasing number of people gaining access to the Internet, the government’s cyber police have had trouble keeping up.
Already occupied filtering out dissident and pornographic websites, now the authorities have to watch for sites designated for dating that charge different membership fees for never-married people, divorcees and widows and widowers.
Even more significant has been the introduction and proliferation of cellphones with 3G service.
Schroeder estimates that 20 million Iranians now have access to 3G data on their phones.