To achieve these numbers, Facebook was forced to simplify its mobile version in order to cope with slow internet speeds, a problem that Tinder doesn’t face given the simplicity of the app.
Across the board, there was dissatisfaction with the calibre of people available for dating, but everyone believed firmly that it was everyone else’s fault.
“It’s so hard to meet guys in Kenya, especially when you’re established,” Susan elaborated.
Max went further, repeating an oft-cited limitation of developing real-life relationships based on online personas: “Based on what’s on social media there’s no hope for our generation.
Everyone has unrealistic expectations that they themselves cannot fulfill.” Nor is the kind of honesty available online exactly the kind of honesty Kenyan users want.
en 27-year-old Yasmeen moved from Kenya to Sweden, she found it hard to meet people owing to the vast cultural differences between the two countries.
Whereas, in Kenya, dating was easy as men from within and without her friendship circle would constantly approach her and express interest, in Sweden, she found it impossible to breach the cultural divide.“Online dating in Kenya is creepy,” 29-year-old Susan offered, “I only tried it for two weeks.It serves a purpose if all you want to do is hook up [for sex] but not for anything else”.Anthony agreed; “Online dating makes it easier to approach people, but you have to meet a genuine person.A lot of the people you meet online aren’t genuine.” Users agreed that the limits of online dating in some ways reflected the issues that exist in the physical world.“Swedish guys are very shy,” she observes, “even the Swedish girls have to approach the guys”.