With frequent local lockdowns and a brutal second wave in the months of April and May, Indians have also settled in with the idea that dating online is here to stay.

A large majority of the 2,000 people surveyed across the country even believe that it’s possible to find love without meeting someone in person.

The other benefits of online dating

Besides Covid-19 safety, a greater amount of time spent online seems to have improved the quality of the experience on the dating app. Users on Bumble, which crossed 4 million users in India in 2020, report fewer instances of catfishing and a greater focus on emotional connections.

Others have reported secondary benefits, such as the idea of only partly dressing up for dates, as a nice little bonus for dating during the pandemic.

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