Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Iran creates Islamic dating app to counter below-2.1 fertility

Change is in the air
Given the fundamentals of human nature behind the birth dearth, Iran's ayatollahs may soon find it easier to skirt Western sanctions and make nuclear weapons than to push fertility back above the replacement level of 2.1.

From Reuters, "Iran launches matchmaking app as fertility rates fall":


Hamdam (Companion), developed by a state-affiliated Islamic cultural body, requires users to verify their identity and carries out psychological compatibility tests and gives advice for young singles seeking a marriage partner.


Officials have expressed concern that Iran's population could be among the oldest in the world in two decades after the fertility rate among Iranian women dropped 25% over the past four years, according to Iranian media reports. The fertility rate is about 1.7 children per woman.


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