“He was okay with it because I explained the advantages of using [Tagged] and also told him I hadn’t been using it every day.” Thiri and her boyfriend celebrated their two year anniversary last month and have been introduced to each other’s parents. When it comes to online dating, Thiri’s advice is “not to believe everything you see on the internet.” She added, “The internet isn’t always safe.
She said “A lot of people try to connect with me, but I don’t choose people who I think might be nasty.
I keep my profile private, so I haven’t had any problems with harassment.” She also keeps the number of her connections fairly low, at a total of 60.
He seemed very kind and really cared about me.” Nevertheless, Thiri knew firsthand how easy it is for people to create a false impression in order to entice people into a romance.
“Many people lie about their marital status, age and looks,” she said.
When the man eventually came to meet her in Myanmar, he wasn’t American as he’d claimed but Myanmar – and at least 25 years her senior.
Another friend met a girl online while studying abroad and they developed a relationship that lasted for months.
Denise Strete, the director of Kaus Media Group, which designs and hosts websites in Myanmar as well as many other parts of the world, told The Myanmar Times, “We haven’t been approached [to create an online dating website in Myanmar].
Denise said the company is unsure whether such a business venture would be “accepted by the local internet user population or if it would it be seen as something so different and wrong, eating away at local traditions.” Despite the absence of local online matchmaking sites, a variety of more casual forums exist: notably Tagged.com, G-Chat and what is arguably the world’s most popular site for romantic introductions, Facebook.
Only five out of 541 tested URLs categorised as political content remained blocked.