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“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”.In a world in which people want to take studio quality photographs without ever taking a class, it makes sense that they would try to find an approach to dating that eliminates the time lag between “is s/he interested? ” But can such sites gain popularity in Kenya, where most of the population still do not have access to the internet? Online dating sites like e-Harmony or Ok Cupid, which enjoy enormous popularity in other parts of the world, barely register in Kenya, even though the basic versions are free to use.The main obstacle has been that while the cost of internet connectivity has been steadily declining, the cost of owning a personal computer has remained relatively high, keeping non-essential computer use out of reach for most. An estimated 80% of internet users in Africa connect through their mobile phones.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.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.
Similarly, an estimated 4 million Kenyans use Facebook, also mostly connecting through their phones.
In March 2015, the i Hub, Kenya’s premiere tech-focused co-working space celebrated its fifth birthday.
Thousands of people working in and around the country’s burgeoning technology industry gathered at the Nairobi Arboretum to break bread, dance and talk tech.
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.