Dating websites and apps are evolving to include new features and interfaces, but for many Indian online daters, the information found in a dating profile is not enough. Indians tend to do a little more research online about their online dating, a new NortonLifeLock study has revealed. According to the report, nearly a third of Indian online daters surveyed (29 percent) failed to find a potential match after encountering disturbing posts on social media, while others found no matches after discovering photos on social media. online who were in conflict with their dating profile pictures (34 percent) and some even unmatched after finding disturbing information about their family (22 percent).
The most common tactics for researching a potential date include searching their social media profiles (60 percent), profiles on professional networking sites (43 percent), and social media profiles of friends and family (40 percent). If this sounds intrusive, think about matches that are unknowingly subject to background checks, nearly 19 percent of surveyed Indians who use or have ever used a dating app or website admit to “paying for a check in His couple”.
“We found that 73 per cent of surveyed Indian adults who have been in a romantic relationship admit to visiting current or former partners without their knowledge or consent/permission. Nearly a third of Indian adults who have ever used a dating website or app, 34 percent have used something other than their full name on the platform. It is important to be vigilant when it comes to sharing your personal information on dating apps as this can leave consumers vulnerable if personal information falls into the wrong hands,” said Ritesh Chopra, Field Sales & Marketing Director, India and SAARC countries, NortonLifeLock.
Furthermore, Indian adults surveyed admitted to even looking at a romantic interest’s music account (27 per cent) and even using information accessible through payment apps such as PayPal, Google payment,amazon Pay, PayTMto check someone else’s public activity (21 percent).
Around 2 in 5 Indians surveyed say they have accidentally ‘liked’ an old post or photo on a social media profile, either from a romantic interest or from their partner’s ex. Among those who admitted to stalking online, about a quarter of those surveyed admitted to tracking their current or former partner’s location through a location-sharing app or creating a fake profile to check on them on social media.
Meanwhile, 49 percent of younger generations 18 to 39 said they would be more likely to harass a current or former partner online if they knew they wouldn’t get caught, compared to 42 percent of older 40 years old. Interestingly, only 30 percent of Indians shared their location with a friend or family member before meeting someone they met online in person.