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I had contracted an STI.’ (Peter, 29 years old) The ’22-year-old’ ‘I met a girl who described herself as a 22-year-old woman on her profile on Evening Touch.

We agreed to meet in town; I arrived on the date, all excited, but realised that the girl who sat was a 30 year old lady.

Marriage, or rather dating, in Zimbabwe, used to be an ‘institution or an arrangement’ which involved a lot of rules and cultural or moral expectations that two people in a relationship were suppose to follow. In recent years with the advent of new technological gadgets like smartphones and laptops, there is a new dating trend which is fast developing in the country: internet dating.

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‘I see these sites as platforms to meet with new people and friends,’ On the other hand, another female subscriber who goes by the name Sandy Babe (20 years old) says her desire to meet new people has pushed her to join dating sites.On the other hand, one 26-year-old Gideon Madzikatidze, says he joined Evening Touch just to have fun.He never thought he would find the love of his life, Aisha.One day I visited him at his parent’s homestead in Mpopoma, Bulawayo. As we talked, one thing led to the other and started kissing.The next thing he was trying to get into my pants and I refused until he pinned me down and tried to rape me. I never talked to him ever since.’ (Dazzy, 17 years old) The material girl ‘I got a message from a girl on Evening Touch. While at Beer Engine, a bar located in the heart of Harare, we had a few drinks (bought her ciders) and she revealed how she was a university student living in the university residents and had overspent all her money and was bankrupt.