June 29, 2003
Virtual Cell phone dating
A new entry in Keitai log -- a Web diary of Tokyo college students who are researching the changing role of cell phones (keitai) in Japanese society -- on dating Web sites which can be accessed from cell phones to set up virtual dates. This is different than dating services (such as SMS Flirt), allowing users to post their profiles and match their interests within someone within a few blocks, using location based technology.
These dating services only offer chatting by SMS and in an unequal opportunity twist which must be cultural because it sounds odd to us, "these website are usually free for women to join, but men must pay a registration fees" (!).
They are basically place for men to go to get a sympathetic ear, not necessarily to date and many of the female members are actually hired by the company and passed on as ordinary users to communicate with the male customers.
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