But social mores aside, Egyptian youth are skilled at usurping the system.

About half of the population is under 25 and more than a third is connected online.

“The spaces available for upper and middle class Egyptians in relationships are very different than for low income young people,” who are the majority in Egypt, she told Vocativ.

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“For parents and stuff, I can never say Tinder,” said the twenty-five-year-old, who lives with female friends in an upscale neighborhood in the capital, Cairo.

She requested anonymity because of the stigma against dating and sex outside of marriage in socially conservative Egypt.

They would then go to dates at a popular hotel bar near their apartment.

“Some guy were nice and I’m still friends with,” she said.

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.

In highly conservative and religious families and communities, dating — at least as it looks in the West — remains highly taboo.

Hookup apps in Egypt have also grown alongside socio-political and technological changes that have eroded and reinforced conservative gender and sexuality norms online and in real time.

“It’s everything I hate about [Egyptian] society condensed in an app.” She asked Vocativ not to use her name because she “manage[s] a lot of young boys at work.” Still, after first trying out Tinder in Canada, she’s continued to use it in Cairo on-again off-again to expand her dating circle, with some successful romances along the way. “But in Egypt it’s used for many things.” Traditionally in Egypt sexual relations outside of marriage are taboo — in fact, any dating that happens is generally short and geared towards getting engaged.

Sexual health education, meanwhile, is practically non-existent, and nearly all Egyptian women have experienced sexual harassment.

“Some guys were like all over you, which is not okay.” She and her now fiancé casually dated, including sex, for about six months before they began formally dating and then got engaged after a year.