Virtual dating- The latest trend in Mumbai

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People are turning more to dating apps and  virtual dating to find love (or beat boredom) during the lockdown. Taking advantage of this spike, dating app such as Tinder opened up its paid Passport feature for all members in April, allowing them to like, match and chat with other users in any city or country of their choice, simply by switching their location.

Surprisingly though, most Indian users preferred to match with users in other Indian cities rather than those in cities across the world. The app witnessed a majority of Tinder India members using the feature to change location within the country, with Delhi-Mumbai and Mumbai-Delhi as the top 2 cities ‘Passporting’ to each other.

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Tinder’s resident psychologist Sonali Gupta thinks closer proximity and similar realities may be why most people prefer to ‘Passport’ within the country rather than globally.

“One of the reasons could be that while there is a global pandemic world over, what’s different is how countries are dealing with it,” she said. “When people are reaching out to other people in Indian cities, they could possibly feel that their context and personal reality would be better understood by other Indians. This could be a reflection of realistic expectations – as people see that international travel is unlikely and they stand a greater chance of meeting someone who is based within the country.”

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In India, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Pune were the five most popular destinations with Bengaluru-Delhi, Chennai-Bangalore and Pune-Mumbai rounding out the top five most popular passport pairings in India.

India was one of the most popular destinations that people ‘passported to’ in April with the U.S, U.K, Netherlands, and Australia rounding out the top five, respectively.