According to the Communication and Information Ministry, there are now more than 470,000 registered Facebook accounts in Afghanistan, compared to 6,000 in 2008.
Some 2 million of Afghanistan's 30 million people have access to the Internet, according to the ministry, mostly through Internet cafes and mobile phones.
It's not allowed here to go on a date with girls, to meet and talk with them face to face," Akbar says.
"Marriage is the only way to have a relationship with a woman, but many people can't easily afford to get married.
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In Shah Shahid neighborhood, Akbar is still looking for love on Facebook.
RFE/RL set up an account as a 22-year-old female medical student living in Kabul to get an idea of what kinds of "friends" she would attract, and received more than 900 friend requests within a month.
Most were young men interested in chatting and sharing photos, while others appeared interested in a real-life relationship.
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