The search to find marital bliss has to start somewhere. But let’s be honest. Dating IRL is a daunting experience, and for many time-poor professionals, it’s not a viable option. Having the opportunity to socialise, especially in 2020 has its own set of barriers, social-distancing being one of them. And if you’ve binge-watched your way through Netflix’s Indian Matchmaking, considering an arranged marriage is probably further off the table than it was before. Which leaves you with one option: apps.
There’s no shortage of matchmaking apps out there, from those aimed at the wider public to apps specially targeted at finding Asian partners or, even connecting you with individuals of the same faith. But compatibility goes much deeper than physical attraction and shared religious beliefs. Traditional apps overlook the science behind relationships and that’s the gap that Ameli, a new matchmaking app aimed at Muslim professionals is filling. It’s the brainchild of Dr. Sohaib Imtiaz MD MPH and Dr. Hannan Imran BDS. Together they’ve created a new kind of ‘dating app’ that’s set to revolutionalise the online dating world.
Asiana.TV caught up with Sohaib to find out more about the science of matchmaking.
“I’ve always been inspired by Silicon Valley. I came in the Top 10 nationally for students studying Computer Science when I was 16. Since then I’ve wanted to use technology to help solve problems and make our lives much easier and I guess that’s where the idea for Ameli came from.”
Sohaib and Hannan, both 28, decided to research relationships from the angle of wellness and mental health which led them to consider the role in behavioural psychology and how this can genuinely affect how you get along with someone else. Sohaib explains: “Marriage is a lifelong commitment. Why would we rush into marriage whilst knowing very little about our partner’s personality and how this could impact our lives on a daily basis? Our team spent months researching the evidence, with our end goal to curate ‘healthy relationships’ that prioritise our community’s mental health as part of the matchmaking process.”
Dr Hannan Imran BDS states ‘I believe existing matchmaking solutions offer very little when it comes to enabling organic conversations between users. They focus more on monetising each aspect of the user experience. I’m redesigning the whole matchmaking model. You’re going to love it (I hope).’