Ms Delmage says the practice of online dating or matchmaking has evolved and adapted to meet the needs of specific ethnic groups."There are some studies that would look specifically at particular sites,” Delmage explains.It's a trend that Michelle Lewis's J-Junction is seeking to resist in the Jewish community.
whoever." "The bride and the groom, I provide them with each other's contacts and then they talk it out amongst themselves.
My interaction stops there, in a way, and both families start talking." Mankodi says the matchmaking approach favoured by Indians is very different to a Western model that tends to focus on the needs of the individual.
But she says in communities like hers, things can be easier, as people often have some loose connection to each other prior to meeting.
"A lot of them have been to school together, or if they don't know someone they know of them or they've seen them out socially and this is something that we do work with.” “Sometimes we fight an uphill battle.
Mr Mankodi says Indians are much more likely to meet partners through traditional means, with meetings often arranged by family.
But he's also embraced technology as an efficient way of facilitating matches.
"The Indians believe in traditional matrimonial connection, which has been successful when compared with all due respect to the Western style of dating to relationships," he says.
Mankodi explains that in the Indian community, compatibility between families is also extremely important.
You haven't given them or yourself a chance to get to know anything about them." Online matchmaking services are available for a very broad range of groups in Australia.
Greek, Aboriginal, Korean, Indian and Muslim services are on offer, as well as some for people specifically interested in interracial relationships.
“For some groups we see asymmetry where they may not be with someone from their own country of origin or their own ancestry but they may have chosen someone who is quite similar.” “So if we're looking at someone from Pakistan or Bangladesh, if they don't have a partner who has come from the same country as themselves, they're more likely to have a partner, for instance someone from Pakistan, if their partner is not also from Pakistan, then they're more likely to be from Bangladesh than from Australia." "Where as someone from New Zealand, if they don't have a New Zealand partner, quite likely to be either Australian, English or South African.