Dating platform QuackQuack's survey says that 60 per cent users seek emotional attachment in a relationship while 83 per cent prefer meeting the prospective partners in person rather than dating virtually.
It adds that 58 per cent users consider the meeting to be the decisive element for committing to their partner and the relationship.
The key highlights of the report are:
* No more casual connections
Majority of the users (60per cent) seek emotional attachment whereas 40 per cent look for physical connection. While 73 per cent females find an emotional connection with their partner to be important, 55 per cent men give preference to emotional attachment whereas 45 per cent males are inclined towards physical intimacy. Women daters crave all the more for emotional attachment as compared to male daters. Urban areas (63 per cent) daters give preference to emotional attachment whereas more than 40 per cent users from small cities and towns are upfront about their priority for physical connection
*Meeting in person critical to developing genuine connections
Majority of the users (80 per cent) look forward to meeting their partners in-person to develop genuine connections. 72 per cent daters comprising of the users between 21-30 age group prefer the same. On the contrary, 46 per cent of the young generation below 20 years age group, are fine with virtual dating. Seventy-eight per cent men and 60 per cent women users choose meeting in person over virtual dating. Seventy-three per cent users from both metropolitan cities and towns no longer worry about the pandemic and express their desire to meet their date in person and only 27 per cent keep virtual dating as an option
* Old-school physical meeting essential before committing
Majority (58 per cent) of users in the 18-30 age category are of the opinion that virtual date is not sufficient and that they look forward to having a physical date to meet their partner. A startling 61 percentage of both men and women daters desire to meet their date before taking the big step. However, out of these, 39 per cent daters are flexible and can consider virtual dates to be the decisive factor for the relationship as well. Despite living a modern lifestyle, 61 per cent of people from metros and top cities prefer the old-fashioned way of physically meeting before committing to their partner for a relationship
Finding the partner putting an end to app usage-Majority of the daters (70 per cent), continue using the app despite finding the partner and want to keep their options open whereas only 30 per cent delete the app. Seventy-three per cent of male users and 54 per cent of female users continue using the dating app. Men daters openly express that it is highly unlikely of them discontinuing the usage of the app. On the other hand, 46 per cent women daters delete the dating app once they have found a partner. Despite possessing modern values, 64 per cent users in metro cities delete the dating once their partner search comes to end whereas 70 per cent of users from small cities continue using the app.
To summarise, the report suggests that the dating ballgame is ever-evolving and is witnessing major changes with many old school trends making a comeback. Physical dates are given preference despite the pandemic situation and are the deciding factor for the daters for committing to their partners. In the present fast-paced life, users crave emotional attachment while physical intimacy is secondary for them.
(Puja Gupta can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)