Feb 11, , Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the internet. Online dating has come a long way since then. India is, in fact, projected to be one of the fastest growing markets for online dating applications, worldwide.
It may just be the stigma of meeting through social media that drive Tanushree and Rishi to tweak their story, but you can hardly blame them. App-based dating, however, is yet to go full-throttle in India. While there are a flurry of apps like Tinder, Vee, TrulyMadly, Happn and OKCupid which use geotagging, algorithms and math to determine who is a good match within seconds, the concept, quite different from social networking platforms because of the fact that they have been specifically designed for dating people, is picking up pace quite slowly.
I would rather go to a bar and talk to people face-to-face. With an estimated 50 million downloads worldwide, Tinder leads the bandwagon. Launched in in India, the location-based social search app has met with contradictory reactions. Although young Indians are defying family and society by using smartphone apps to meet partners, the long-term goal tend to differ.
Shruti Bhasin is a Tinder user who has no intentions of finding her significant other online. Then why use Tinder? Bhasin downloaded Tinder last year which helped her find 12 guys with matching algorithms.
Anonymous browsing which enables strangers looking through your profile and personal information may seem to be a little dicey. Personal background check can be one of the parameter to check this drawback but the magnitude of the app usage makes it ineffable to understand. After a few chat sessions, we decided to meet up, says Tanya B, a year-old student in Delhi University.
Over the years, now it is a given that online dating has never been for the frail-hearted. One has to take this chance and see who is on the other side. Ajith met Trishala on Tinder in and after 2 days of chatting, they met over coffee, coffee turned to family dinners and are now planning a winter wedding this year. The median age in the world is around years. And most of the dating apps cater to an audience under and But what about the rest? Both are on a stable relationship and are in no hurry to get married.
If it clicks, initiate a conversation — and possibly more. But not all online dating stories have to end up with a one night stand. As of , Tinder had a staggering to 9. Bracing oppositions, the couple finally got married in Fairly new to the online dating space is Gleeden, a French online dating community and social networking service. And as controversial as it may sound, Gleeden exclusively deals in extra-marital dating — to create a secure and anonymous space for people seeking affairs outside their relationships.
It, apparently, focusses on the small but growing community around the world which is challenging a foundation construction of society: Seems like a long-shot to establish itself in India — a country which considers infidelity a sin, but has already garnered over 1,00, subscriptions. Gleeden is a facilitator of confidence where married couples can disregard the taboo and explore their desires safely. This is enough fodder for my family to hunt for a wife.
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