“While studying, I really don’t have much time to meet girls so Tinder is a solution in that matter,” Javier says.
With his assignments and general study workload taking up the bulk of his time, Javier says using the app is a good way for him to diminish that sense of loneliness he might feel as an international student.
This Valentine’s Day I saw the same hype here too, everyone is busy in shopping, getting extra deals in shopping malls, websites are announcing valentine day’s promotions on flower bouquet, fruit baskets, chocolates perfumes, dresses, and list is endless.
In Taiwan and China, it’s more typical to give a concrete gift.
Tara puzzled over whether the boyfriend was adhering to an American custom or just being cheap.
I learned about dating which is a part of American culture while living in the US since two years.
In my country, Afghanistan people usually get married without dating.
One other reason why international students may perhaps be more inclined to use these apps is the ease in knowing that these casual relationships don’t last.
As overseas students studying abroad, they’re consistently coming and going each semester which means a stable relationship mightn’t be an option.
For Farima, the lack of a strict social structure to govern dating makes it very different than what she was accustomed to back home in Afghanistan.
She writes: I didn’t even know what the word dating means when I first came to the US.
felt very similar to what she was used to from Pakistan: Since my childhood I used to see, every year on Feb 14, girls and boys in Pakistan get crazy about Valentine ’s Day.