New Delhi. With virtual dating taking over during Covid lockdowns, a recent study reveals how the pandemic has altered many aspects of dating, with 48% of single Indians citing a “increased attention on personality rather than someone’s looks.”
According to a nationwide survey done by YouGov last month on behalf of social networking app Bumble, 45 percent of unmarried Indians believe that virtual or online dating is the norm in India.
Virtual dating also appear to be a safer way for people to communicate with someone they met online before meeting in person. According to the research, the most common reason (48%) that single Indians enjoy virtual dating is that it feels safer than meeting someone for the first time in person.
Around three-quarters (72%) believe it is feasible to fall in love with someone you have never met in person online. Many people appear to enjoy the time and money savings that virtual dates provide, as they just have to get “half-glammed” or halfway ready for a video date.
People are dating more consciously now than before the pandemic, according to Bumble, and they’re being more honest about what they’re seeking for in a relationship, whether it’s casual or serious. In fact, 74% of single Indians surveyed believe that bad dating behaviours such as ghosting, breadcrumbing, and catfishing are on the decline.
Is there a link between vaccination status and safety? According to the report, single Indians are still concerned about their safety.
According to Bumble, with the larger deployment of vaccinations among younger age groups in India, more than one-third (33%) of daters questioned are optimistic about dating in 2021.
Many daters, however, care about vaccination status, with 38% saying they would not go on a date or have sex with someone who has not received the Covid vaccine. Many also claim that they are more conscious of safety after the deadlier second wave of coronavirus, says the recent nationwide survey.
Many daters are now putting their meeting preferences and other Covid-related information in their bios or profiles, including those on Bumble.