CHENNAI: The time spent in lockdowns has apparently got people to focus on what they are truly looking for while dating. Dating app Bumble says its recent research has shown that people are now dating more intentionally than before the pandemic – they’re being more honest about what they’re looking for in a relationship.
Vaccination status is essential to many as 38% daters surveyed would not go on a date with someone who hasn’t received the Covid vaccine.
Around 75% of single Indians surveyed feel there is a decline in negative behaviour in dating such as ghosting, breadcrumbing, catfishing, among others, while 25% said they are now feeling less willing to compromise on what they want and need from a potential relationship.
In the nationwide survey it was found that 54% of single Indians claim there is increased clear communication on dating intentions and expectations. Around 50% stated that there is an increased focus on personality rather than someone’s looks while dating during the pandemic.
One in three people said they felt less pressure when dating during the pandemic.
In another interesting trend, 45% of single Indians surveyed believe virtual or online dating is the normal way of dating in India; the same percentage said they preferred virtual dates because it saved them time and money.
People are also finding virtual dates to be a safer way to engage with someone they met online before deciding to meet in person. Around 40% said they tried a video date as their first date in 2021.
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