Some of these websites, though legal, offer what they call "sound advice," or tutorials, on ways to find a boyfriend or girlfriend, along with detailed guides.
These chat room administrators avoid trouble by simply offering guidance, as well as tips on how to be cautious and not allow others (generally men) to take advantage of you.
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Fariba, 31, is a newly divorced attorney living in Tehran who, in a phone conversation, tells Al-Monitor she blames her divorce on online dating.
Fariba found her ex-husband in an Iranian chat room and met up with him after four chatting sessions.
He is a Sharif University graduate, brilliant and good-looking.
"All I knew," she says, "was that he was unable to hold a job. Once we moved in together on our wedding night, I found out that he is addicted to crystal meth.
Had we initially met in person, this would have been very unlikely." But, most young, tech-savvy Iranians who have found dates through chat rooms, continue to frequent these online spaces and enjoy chatting, even if it doesn't result in a real-life meeting or a serious relationship.
Match-making and dating websites are deemed illegal by the administration, so almost all the Iran-based websites for meeting people are chat rooms and not designated for match-making.
To launch their sites and remain online, Iranian chat rooms require permission from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
Neda says she has been chatting online for almost four years, and her parents don't have a clue about it, which gives her a sense of liberation.
"Since I'm on my laptop most of the time anyway, they assume I'm studying when I chat.
My parents, especially my mother, are on my case 24/7, so I honestly don't know what I would have done without these chat rooms," she says.