Dating apps and websites are evolving to include new features and interfaces, but for many Indian online daters, the information found on a dating profile is not enough. Indians tend to do a little extra online research on their online dates, new research from NortonLifeLock has found. According to the report, almost a third of Indian online daters surveyed (29%) were not matched with a potential partner after finding disturbing posts on social media, while others were not matched. matched after discovering photos online that conflict with their dating profile pictures (34%) and some even unmatched after finding disturbing information about their family (22%).
The most common tactics for checking out a potential date include researching their social media profiles (60%), profiles on professional networking sites (43%), and social media profiles of friends and family (40 %). If that sounds intrusive, think of matches that are subject to background checks unknowingly, nearly 19% of Indians surveyed who use or have ever used a dating app or website admit to “paying for a background check. their correspondence.
“We found that 73% of Indian adults surveyed who have been in a romantic relationship admit to having contacted their current or former partner without their knowledge or consent/permission. Almost a third of Indian adults who have ever used a website or dating app 34% have used something other than their full name on the platform It is important to be careful when sharing your personal information on dating apps as it can making consumers vulnerable if personal information falls into the wrong hands,” said Ritesh Chopra, Field Sales and Marketing Manager, India and SAARC Countries, NortonLifeLock.
Furthermore, Indian adults surveyed admitted that they had even viewed a romantic interest’s music account (27%) and even used information accessible through payment apps such as PayPal, Google Pay, Amazon Pay, PayTM, to verify someone else’s account. 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 their partner’s ex-partner. Of those who admitted to being stalked online, around a quarter of respondents admitted to tracking their current or former partner’s location via a location-sharing app or creating a fake profile to monitor them on social media.
Meanwhile, 49% of younger generations aged 18-39 said they would be more likely to stalk a current or former partner online if they knew they wouldn’t get caught, compared to 42% of people aged 40 and over. Interestingly, only 30% of Indians shared their location with a friend or family member before meeting someone they met online in person.