Covid No Deterrent: Online Dating Soars Amid Lockdown; Many Pair Up Digitally – Outlook India

Covid No Deterrent: Online Dating Soars Amid Lockdown; Many Pair Up Digitally – Outlook India

Love Will Find a Way, goes the song. It’s not just one song too. There are at least eleven songs with that title, says Wikipedia. From a 1920s Broadway tune to one in Lion King II, one by Lionel Richie, another by Christina Aguilera and so on. There must be a reason why the line’s so popular.

Well, here’s one. COVID-19 may have shuttered our lives. The planet may have stopped spinning. Spring may have gone by without a stroll in the park. People may be afraid to even see each other…but when has love admitted of a prison?!

Online dating apps are the way to go, the place to unburden all that emptiness in your soul…and as 30 per cent young Indians admitted to dating app OKCupid, it is indeed a relief to be able to go to a date in your pyjamas!

Yes, there’s no heading down to the coffee shop or that favourite barstool in the corner at the end of it. Online dating platforms are encouraging their users worldwide to stay at home, not take any risk, and yet be all heart.

So you meet strangers…online. Or you navigate the subtler stages of the progression of love. People are now spending their time online in order to know people better—people they were already talking to.

Or encountering afresh. For Aditi Kulkarni, a forty-year-old singleton who uses Gleeden, it feels no less thrilling or fulfilling than going out to a bar. “To be honest, it’s exactly the
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