At night young couples fill upscale cafes or line the iconic bridges alongside the Nile, holding hands and taking selfies.
At the same, the situation varies by class, according to Anthropology Professor Farha Ghannam at Swarthmore University.
“I wasn’t really sure what I was trying to find on Tinder,” the twenty-five-year old said, requesting anonymity because her parents, who do not live in Cairo, do not know.
“But whatever it was I didn’t find it.” In Cairo, where about one-eighth of Egypt’s 90 million people live, conditions are relatively freer relationship-wise than in other parts of the country.
And while in Egypt Tinder profiles advertising shirtless men with cars, police and military officers, and older men with rings on their fingers are standard, cases of swipes to the right turning to marriage remain rare.