Saudi Arabian Parents' Perception of Online Marital Matchmaking Technologies

Adel Al-Dawood, Serene Alhajhussein, Svetlana Yarosh

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Finding a date or a spouse online is usually considered an individualistic endeavor in Western cultures. This presents a challenge for collectivist non-Western cultures such as Saudi Arabia where choosing a spouse is viewed as a union of two families with parents of both spouses being heavily involved. Our work aims to investigate how Saudi Arabian parents view the utilization of technology by their young adults to seek potential spouses online. We report our findings of interviews conducted with 16 Saudi Arabian parents (8 fathers, 6 mothers and 1 couple). We generate qualitative themes that provide insights about how parents wanted to preserve their values, integrate technology into the traditional process and protect their young adults from potential harms. These themes lead to implications for designing suitable marital matchmaking technologies in Saudi Arabia and opportunities for future work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number211
JournalProceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
Issue numberCSCW3
StatePublished - Jan 5 2021

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  • arab and muslim culture
  • marriage
  • matchmaking technologies
  • privacy
  • romantic relationships
  • saudi arabia
  • social computing
  • value sensitive design


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