We’ve all heard the horror stories of users on dating websites turning out to be married.
In fact, a 2015 survey found a staggering one in three Tinder users was already in an relationship.
But now there’s a dating app specifically designed to help married men find ANOTHER wife.
For would-be polygamists in Indonesia, any concerns they might not fit into the world of internet dating have been allayed thanks to a new Tinder-style app.
‘AyoPoligami’, which has stirred controversy in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, allows men interested in polygamous marriages to seek out another wife as well as chat to other men with similar intentions.
Though widely frowned upon, Polygamy is legal in Indonesia, where a man is allowed to be married to up to four women at me.
The app allows users, 60 percent of whom are men, to swipe left or right on a person’s profile to signal their willingness – or not – to meet them, much like Tinder.
It also has gender-specific chatrooms for users to discuss their experiences in polygamy or ask for advice
Iyus Yusuf Fasyiyah, 37, who alternates between his two wives and two homes every three days, is among 10,000 users who have registered on AyoPoligami since its launch in April.
He said many of the people he encounters on the app are new to polygamy, and wanting to engage with it but don’t know how.
He did not say whether he is looking for a third wife on the app.
The app’s developer Lindu Pranayama, 35, who met his first – and currently only – wife on the app, started his company in 2016 after realising regular dating sites weren’t catering to married men looking for a second, third or fourth wife.
He recently had to stop accepting new members after scores of fake accounts appeared. After installing greater user security systems, he said, new users can join as of Thursday.
Women’s rights activists have condemned Pranayama’s endeavour, calling it “upsetting and shocking”.
In order to enter a polygamous marriage, men in Indonesia are required to gain their first wife’s consent and pass a religious court investigation, which will look to confirm that she is incapable of fulfilling her duties as a wife.
Legal experts say such regulations and the topic being taboo mean many people in the country marry without the necessary approvals.