How We Love Now
Long-distance relationships, office romances, and marriages arranged online are new items on the romance menu.
The Internet Changes Arranged Marriages continued...
One drawback -- as with all matchmaking sites -- is that some people
misrepresent themselves, Manglani says. But by streamlining the traditional
process, which can take several years, and giving people more options, the
sites boost the chances that both parents and children will be happy with a
match, Manglani says.
It's an issue that hits close to home. Manglani entered an arranged marriage
in 1994, ultimately selecting his own wife with his parents' approval. But he
and his parents disagreed frequently after the family began placing newspaper
ads in 1991. "What they selected, I rejected. What I selected, they
rejected," Manglani says. "It was quite a painful process. That
horrifying experience taught me that there must be a better way to make it
convenient for people to find each other."