I grew up in the US and spent my teenage years in Saudi Arabia.
My collaborators have similar backgrounds and have done work to incorporate Arab and Muslim values into how technology is used within those contexts.
This makes them meet a lot of men through their work, or even during college years if they studied abroad.
Second, the flirting game in Saudi Arabia has always been edgy and up to date, Saudi youth pretty much use any technology that comes out that helps them connect, so you can only imagine how much social media influenced that in the recent years.
Our new DIS paper shows just how complicated things become.
Finding love online is complicated and usually comes with a side of social stigma.
Sure, true love might exist on the inter-webs, but you also might struggle with skeptical family and friends who believe otherwise.
The current generation has a different definition of marriage compared to the previous one.
Also, with the US population becoming more diverse, the concerns mentioned could apply to many Arab and Muslim families living in the US.