‘I’m always in the office and hardly find time to interact with people from outside work, so these sites help me connect with potential lovers,’ she said.
One 30 year old, Tendai, feels the same way as Gracy.
‘I can literally say that I do not have a social life as I’m always stuck and busy with work and hardly find time with friends and family.
‘I see these sites as platforms to meet with new people and friends,’ On the other hand, another female subscriber who goes by the name Sandy Babe (20 years old) says her desire to meet new people has pushed her to join dating sites.
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.
‘I put my profile on Evening Touch just to have fun but I then met the sweetest, most amazing girl in the world and we’ve been together now for eight months.
‘We are very much in love and planning a wedding; it’s all thanks to online dating,’ he said.
She says most men are shy to negotiate paying for sex in person (especially in public) but these dating platforms gives room and freedom to her clients to speak their mind.
‘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.