Or they would go to underground parties where the music was loud, the tequila flowed and the hosts had bribed the police to leave them alone so guests wouldn’t jump out of their skins at the sound of a doorbell. At first, the service was so slow that this writer remembers dialing up and going to the kitchen to put on a kettle for tea while waiting for the inbox to appear.
Those who used the Internet on a regular basis were so far and few between that its future seemed sketchy at best.
Then broadband appeared and download speeds improved.
According to tech entrepreneur Chris Schroeder, nearly 65 percent of Iranian homes have broadband access, nearly the same percentage as in the United States.
Even more significant has been the introduction and proliferation of cellphones with 3G service.
Try Newsweek for only Now young Iranians are using the app to find companions for a night, or a lifetime.
Not long ago, young men and women would ride around in cars at night and cruise for possible assignations.