The two met up at a local coffee shop and hit it off.“Before, I had a few girlfriends, but now only one,” he said. Sal are increasingly turning to their smartphones and computers to like, swipe and chat their way to romance, bucking deep-seated cultural norms on courtship in the process.
The digital platforms—which include local entrant Matchstix as well as international services like Facebook, Badoo and Tinder— are capitalizing on cultural shifts, along with technological trends.“Traditionally, most marriages were arranged and therefore most relationships were deprived of the ‘romance’ associated with the individual autonomy of choosing one’s partner,” writes anthropology academic Heidi Hoefinger in “Sex, Love, and Money in Cambodia.”Pop songs, karaoke videos, films and magazines have edged aside older cultural mores, according to Ms. “The dominant sexual culture for contemporary young people in Cambodia is filled with strong themes of romance, love, and heartache.”One business hoping to take advantage of the changing times is Australian tech company MobiMedia.
or better or worse, the advent of dating apps has changed how we make relationships in the modern world.
As opposed to online dating sites of the past, which required long profiles and monthly fees to create ideal matches – not to mention old fashioned, real-life connections – current-day applications can be downloaded from smartphones in seconds and at no charge, immediately presenting users with a stack of potential matches, based simply on their proximity.
Some 21 percent of Cambodian men admitted to having perpetrated rape at some point in their lives, according to a 2013 U. report, which found that just over a quarter of Cambodian women had experienced physical or sexual abuse at the hands of a partner.