#bumble | #tinder | #pof Why dating corona-style can still lead to love

With most Indian cities locked down for months, the prospects of finding love felt slim for singles. Yes, you can swipe right but how do you know if your connection is real if you have met only on a screen? Sanjay, a 24-year-old engineer, had the same doubts when he came across 21-year-old Shashi on OkCupid. With more time on their hands than ever before, the couple began to text all day long. The textual relationship soon turned serious. “I came to know so much about him that we decided that we want to be together after only three days of chatting on WhatsApp,” says Bengaluru-based Shashi. They have been able to meet in person last week, but their relationship was already in full-force after almost five months of texting and video calls. “It’s like we’ve known each other for years,” she adds.

While many singles have been swiping left, right and centre during the lockdown out of boredom and loneliness, others are doing so with a greater sense of urgency even though sex is off the table, at least for now. Priti Joshi, VP of Strategy at dating app Bumble says, “We are seeing people showing slower and more serious dating behaviour and raising the bar on what it means to build trust online when dating.” As per their research, 70% of the Indian Bumble community claim there is a change in their behaviour and attitude towards dating as compared to before the pandemic, she adds.

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