On dating apps, 29 percent are unmatched after spotting disruptive posts: Poll

Dating apps and websites are evolving and incorporating new features and interfaces, but for many Indian online daters, the information in a dating profile is not enough. Indians tend to do a little more online research when dating online, a new study from NortonLifeLock has found. According to the report, nearly a third of Indian online daters surveyed (29 percent) were second to none with a potential partner after finding disturbing social media posts, while others were second to none after discovering photos online related to their dating -Profile pictures conflicted (34 percent) and some even unmatched after finding disturbing information about their family (22 percent).

The most common tactics used to screen a potential date include checking their social media profiles (60 percent), profiles on professional networking sites (43 percent), and the social media profiles of friends and family (40 percent ). If this sounds intrusive, consider matches unwittingly subjected to background checks. Nearly 19 percent of surveyed Indians who use or have ever used a dating app or website admit to “paying to have their match verified.”

“We found that 73 percent of Indian adults surveyed who were in a romantic relationship admit to asking their current or former partners without their knowledge or consent/permission. Almost 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’s important to be vigilant when it comes to sharing your personal information on dating apps, as it can leave consumers vulnerable if personal information falls into the wrong hands,” said Ritesh Chopra, director of sales and field marketing , India & SAARC Countries, Norton LifeLock.

Additionally, Indian adults surveyed admitted they even looked at a romantic prospect’s music account (27 percent) and even used information accessible through payment apps like PayPal, Google Pay, Amazon Pay, PayTM to do that Checking another person’s account Public activity (21 percent).

About 2 in 5 Indians surveyed say they accidentally “deeply 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 online stalking, about 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 verify them on social media.

Meanwhile, 49 percent of younger generations, ages 18 to 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 percent of those aged 40 and over. Interestingly, only 30 percent of Indians shared their location with a friend or family member before meeting in person with someone they met online.

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