Traditionally, in some countries, parents arrange marriages who prefer men with big income who pay big amount as dowry to their brides.
Nowadays, with the advent of the internet, on-line matchmakers are there to launch dating services that pair people and set them up on blind dates. They offer “marriage and development” services that find husbands to women.
I have read a reality-story about a person who, through the arrangement of an on-line match maker agency, married the wrong person. He was an Asian construction worker who went to another country to marry his ‘partner’. It was only a month after their marriage that he learned that he married the wrong woman. Both do not speak a common language and do not know how to speak English. Because of his eagerness to marry, he did not bother to check the name of his partner. So just a simple one common-sense rule: if you plan to marry, better check very well the name of your spouse-to-be.
Another story was about a woman who was new to the place and didn’t have any way of meeting people. At 30, she could not find anybody available anywhere. So she hired a matchmaker agency that gave her a partner. There were only two or three introductions before she met the man and they got married. Now they just celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary.
Socrates once advised a young man, “By all means get married. If you you get a good wife, you will be happy. If you get a bad one, you will become a philosopher.” Sensible words!