19% Indians on dating apps pay for background check of their online match

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New Delhi: At least 19% of Indians surveyed who use or have ever used a dating app or website admit to having paid for a check on their online match, according to a report on Thursday. The survey, carried out by NortonLifeLock, also found that 73% of Indian adults surveyed who have been in a romantic relationship admit to checking out their current or former partners without their knowledge, consent or permission. “Almost everyone checks social media or sneaks online before meeting someone in person for the first time,” said Ritesh Chopra, SAARC Country and India Field Sales and Marketing Manager. , NortonLifeLock, in a statement.

“While a few consumers are taking preventative measures to protect themselves online, there is certainly room for improvement,” he added.

The survey found that of those who admitted to being stalked online, around a quarter of respondents admitted to tracking the location of their current or former partner via a location-sharing app (25%) or creating a fake profile for them. monitor on social media (23 percent). While 29% of those surveyed online failed to find a potential partner due to discovering disturbing social media posts, 34% discovered photos online that conflicted with their dating profile pictures, according to the report.
According to respondents, who involved 1,000 attendees, the most common tactics for checking out a potential date include researching their match’s social media profiles (60%), profiles on a professional networking site (43%) and friends and family on social media. profiles (40 percent).

Dating apps and websites are constantly evolving to include new features and interfaces, but for many Indian online daters, the information found on a dating profile is not enough, according to the report. According to the results of this survey, at least 40% of Indian online dating users take it further by searching for a couple’s friends or family members on social media.

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