Dating in middle eastern culture
Casual relationships: This is the one where you, the American woman, think you’re dating this really nice Arab guy and it feels like it’s getting serious. He says all the right things but his actions aren’t matching. He still lives with his mom and dad and he’s almost 30. This comes from not wanting to ‘bother’ a woman with things that might upset her… Learning how widespread this was in my country, I became curious of what online dating was like in other parts of the world, specifically the Middle East.
You might have a beautiful ring on your finger and a date marked on the calendar, but if you haven’t met mom and the sisters, chances are you’re being strung along. I’m sure there are some out there with far more experience than me who could add numerous items to my lists. Not sure we’ll ever really understand their reasons, but with a lot of trust and mutual respect, the reasons don’t seem to matter.
It is fascinating to me to see the ways that modernization can clash or be influenced by a particular culture.