Relationship- Relationships formed online break quickly: Divorce rate is 6 times higher, yet 33 crore people are on dating app.
Let us know how marriages were arranged in medieval Europe. How did people find their life partners? The church had a very simple fund for this. All the boys and girls who were eligible for marriage in the entire area were gathered in the church once a year. Girls on one side and boys on the other. The chief priest would randomly select a boy from the crowd and a girl from the other side and get both of them married.
It did not matter to the priest who liked whom or who was from which background. He would simply select pairs from the crowd as per his choice. Within 7 seconds the priest used to find a match for the bond of seven births.
Well, in the 21st century, the youth neither fall into the bondage of seven births nor do they allow elders and religious men to bother about their relationships. In the age of information technology, true love is also being found online. Statistics show that 4 crore youth in India are using dating apps and the business of online dating apps in India is more than Rs 5 thousand crores.
But are people able to find their 'love of life' through this? A new survey by America's Arizona State University shows that marriages of couples who meet online are not very durable. In comparison to these, the marriages of couples who meet through friends, relatives or in club, park or office last longer.
In online relationships, partner's happiness is less and divorce is more.
923 married couples were selected for this survey conducted in America. Half of these were met through online dating apps. Whereas the rest of the relationships were decided through acquaintances or after meeting face-to-face somewhere. The results of this survey were released last month.
Chances of breaking up of an online couple are 6 times higher
In the year 2021, Marriage Foundation conducted a survey on 2 thousand married couples. It was found that 12% of partners met online separate within the first 3 years of marriage. Whereas among couples who date face-to-face and then settle down, this figure is only 2%.
This means that partners who meet online are six times more likely to get separated in the first 3 years than those who meet offline.
Why does online relationship data expire quickly?
How long a relationship will last is determined by the foundation of the relationship and the mutual understanding of the partners. In our country, parents and relatives also play a role in this.
But the Arizona State University survey also reveals why lovers who meet online break up quickly.
The older generation views couples who met online with suspicion because online dating is a completely new thing for them.
People met in online dating are more socially and racially diverse. Their acceptance in the society is less. This has a negative impact on their relationship.
Youngsters who use dating apps generally have more ex-relations. In such a situation, many times, even after marriage, one starts remembering the old boyfriend or girlfriend and the existing relationship breaks.
Due to the availability of more options in online dating, many times after marriage, people feel that they could have found a better partner or that they were hasty in choosing their partner. They should have tried another dating app.
So is the future of dating apps in danger?
The short and clear answer is – not at all. After Covid, the number of youth using dating apps in India has increased 3 times. 70% of these are youth from middle class and small towns. On an average, they spend 3.5 hours online searching for a life partner.
The situation is more or less the same all over the world. There are thousands of dating apps and websites on the internet that claim to match you with a good and caring partner.
According to 'Business of Apps', more than 33 crore people around the world are using dating apps. Most of these apps and websites require a subscription. Dating app services are available in India with subscription plans ranging from Rs 500 per month to Rs 3,000 per month.
Dating app is considered to be the most suitable way to find a life partner. Research by Britain's 'Imperial College Business School' suggests that by 2035, more than half of relationships will be decided through online dating. Whereas in 2037, more than half of the children born in Britain will be those whose parents met online.
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