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More and more young people, especially in urban areas, are dating as a way of meeting up. There are many dating apps available, but how effective are they in India?
Recently, a friend of mine called me up talking excitedly about a dating app. Like any typical single Indian woman (especially if single for 'too long'), tired of the constant nagging by family and society in finding a partner (the 'sole purpose' of a woman), tired of the typical matrimonial sites or 'well-wishers' who decide the 'right' partner based on odd factors, loneliness created by the lack of good companions ('all of my friends got married!'), desperation and guilt about not being able to find a compatible life partner and unable to move forward in life without one (sadly, many women still define themselves by the man they have in life), my friend was understandably excited about the dating app.
It is a good thing that our country, ((though still limited to the modern, urban and educated), is opening up to the new age ways of dating in finding companionship and relationships, based on mutual compatibility, interests, values, dreams and wants of an individual rather than the traditional ‘match-making criteria’, and is realizing the importance of true compatibility in a relationship than fixing a marriage.
Women to men ratio
Having myself used many of the apps and websites, I could find that the ratio of women to men on these platforms is very small. Even though these platforms are trying to market it as more freedom and empowerment to women, the number of women signing up for online dating is still low.
Then there is the undeniable creepiness factor. At least in India (in my experience), one can’t avoid the existence of creepy, clingy and dangerous men lurking around almost anywhere, which a woman needs to deal with constantly in our society. Did I forget to mention about the married men signing up on these dating platforms? Yes, you heard me right.
How safe is it?
Another concern is the security. Though the apps claim and advertise it to be safe and secure, how safe does someone feel, especially women, when the screenshots of pictures can be saved on the device (though some apps now have added counter-measures for that)? More importantly, when one needs to share their personal data, like the need to use your Facebook account on such a public platform? This is considering that this is the age of digital stalkers, though the marketers claim that there are measures implemented for security?
Virtual v/s real
Another factor is the virtual nature of the relationships built on such online platforms. Many signing up on these just prefer to keep the relationship behind the curtains of the internet, with no interest in meeting in person or real relationships being formed. It is just used to scratch the itch to talk or chat with someone.
Then comes the social stigma attached to dating that is still prevalent in the society when it comes to choosing one’s own companion or partner. So, after a while of ‘modern’ dating, the daddy’s girls and mama’s boys finally go the traditional way of ‘fixing’, for a serious and real relationship.
The problem is our very definition of dating and the expectations attached to it. And the culture and mindset of our society. From my own personal experience, and also as pointed out by the author of this article, dating itself is quite complicated in India. We consider ourselves to be modern, would love to pronounce so to others, but in fact, lead a dual life of lie that is pretty much narrow-minded and with no moral codes. We have our own definition of modernism and conservatism – which is, in fact, the very problem for many people in finding a compatible partner, be it through dating or otherwise.
Then comes the expectation part. Generically classifying, the kind of people one meet on such online platforms are –
It is when the mismatching categories meet that the expectation fails and dating becomes ineffective. As mentioned earlier, a good percentage of people using such platforms are the married ones. Once I was seeing a man who ‘conveniently’ forgot to mention that he had a wife and while in the middle of a dinner with him, I saw him chatting on one of apps with two other girls simultaneously!
So, given this existing situation in our society, how can one effectively date?
Did you know that by 2017, India is set to cross the 500 million internet users mark? The growth in numbers is phenomenal, considering that it was 200 million in 2013. This rising number also includes the 314 million mobile internet users. Statistics released by IAMAI also reveal that the 3G user base in India is growing rapidly and will grow up to 61.3% during 2013-2017.
Speaking in numbers, the approximate 82 million 3G user base in India at the end of 2014 is estimated to reach to 284 million by then end of 2017. The increase in mobile internet penetration is also leading to an increase in the number of mobile applications being used. Everything is being shifted to the smartphone with the help of various apps available for download, be it gaming, social networking or even recharge apps, everything is available in plenty.
Financial matters are also shifting their base to the virtual world, as per the convenience of the customer. Transactions are becoming more and more paperless day by day. According to a report in The Economic Times, in the financial year of 2015, cashless transactions summed up to INR 92 lakh crore, as opposed to INR 82 lakh crore cheque and other paper-based transactions.
Here are a few major contributors to paperless transactions in India.
The mall culture has changed our shopping outlook a lot since its inception. First, it gave us the facility of shopping for everything under one roof. Now, it is leading the way in paperless transactions as well. All malls and retail stores are equipped with POS machines, through which the customer can make card payments. With all our shopping needs being met without having to use cash at retail stores and malls, this industry has contributed a major share of INR 65 lakh crore in the total paperless transactions.
The contribution of e-commerce in India can be understood by the fact that in 2014, it registered retail sales of US$5.30 billion. In its initial days, COD was the more preferred option for payment for e-commerce transactions. But with time, online payment has increased its reach and now accounts for 14% of the total transactions.
With the introduction of apps like digibank, utility bill payments have become easier. Payments for all utility bills are covered by these apps. You can also use dedicated recharge apps, which makes recharging your mobile phone online so much more convenient. And we all know how crucial mobile phones and recharges are in today's day and date. Better discounts provided by these apps also attract more customers, making a significant contribution towards cashless transactions.
With all the advancements and statistical predictions, paperless transactions do seem to be the trend that we should look out for.
Many are worried as well as curious to find out why smartphone's battery keeps draining so fast. While, there are many reason to drain your battery faster than your exception. One could by the apps you are using on the smartphone. The security company, AVG, has came up with a quarterly Android App Performance Report that shows up all the apps that are causing battery drain. AVG has studied one million of its users to see which apps were the most consuming data, battery and storage on their devices.
We have jotted down the top 10 gaming apps that drains battery faster. Take a look at the slider below to know more.
This is the first game to come in the series developed by King. Candy Crush Saga is completely free to play but some in-game items such as extra moves or lives will require payment. You need to switch and match your way through hundreds of levels in this puzzle adventure. The game progress automatically sync between mobile and tablet devices and unlock the full game features when connected to the internet. The app is available in the Google Play Store.
The Pet Rescue Saga is also developed by the maker of Candy Crush Saga. Similar to its other gaming apps, the Pet Rescue Saga is free to play but some in-game items such as extra moves or lives will require payment. The app is about rescuing the pets by matching two or more blocks of the same color to clear the level and rescue the pets from the evil Pet Snatchers. The app is available on Google Play Store.
Supercell developed the strategy gaming app: the Clash of Clans. The app is free to download and play, however some game items can be purchased. You have to build your village to fend off raiders, battle against millions of players worldwide and forge a powerful clan with others to destroy enemy clans. The app is available on Google Play Store.
The Farm Heroes Saga is also developed by the maker of Candy Crush Saga. Like other apps by the developers, the Farm Heroes Saga is also free to play but some in-game items such as extra moves or lives will require payment. You need to switch and match three or more adorable crops to clear the level. The app is available on Google Play Store.
Similar to the Candy Crush Saga, the Cookie Jam is also a puzzle gaming app developed by SGN. The gaming app has hundreds of unique levels. You need to switch and match three or more cookie jams to clear the level. You can seamless sync the game progress across multiple devices and platforms. The app is available on Google Play Store.
Boom Beach it similar to the Clash of Clans strategy gaming apps developed by Supercell. You have to attack enemy bases to free enslaved islanders and unlock the secrets of tropical paradise. Create a Task Force with players around the world to take on the enemy together. The app is available on Google Play Store.
From the makers of Candy Crush Saga comes the Bubble Witch 2 Saga. The Bubble Witch 2 Saga is the second version of the gaming app. Stella and her cats need your help to fend off the dark spirits that are plaguing their land. Travel the realm bursting as many bubbles as you can. The app is available on Google Play Store.
Solitaire by MobilityWare is one of the popular card game available in the app market. The app comes with Daily Challenges each day, and you have to solve the challenge and receive a crown for that day. The app is similar to play as you play in the Windows PC. The app is available on Google Play Store.
Pou, a unique gaming app is developed by Zakeh. You need to take of an alien pet. You have to feed it, clean it, play with it and watch it grow up while leveling up and unlocking different wallpapers and outfits to satisfy your unique taste. The app is available on Google Play Store.
We’ve all been in situations when our phones have died out just when we needed them most; whether it was to book a cab late at night or to take an important official call. So, is there anything you can do to prevent your phone battery from draining out quickly? You bet there is! Here are some smart and easy tips to reduce battery usage.
Charge the battery correctly
Do you unplug the charger as soon as your phone battery is at an acceptable level? Well, many do this, and that’s where we go wrong. Today, most smartphones run on Lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries, which can (and should) be charged frequently, even when not fully drained. This maintains the original capacity, keeps the phone running longer and extends the life of the battery.
Turn off the vibration
Did you know that vibrations consume more battery power than ringtones? How, you ask? Ringtones are tiny vibrations that occur in the phone speaker, while vibrations run through the entire phone, thus consuming more power. So, turn off the vibration mode when not needed to save your precious battery.
Close apps not in use
Do you use apps and forget to close them when you’re done? Many of us are guilty of this. What you should know is that apps running in the background can drain your battery in no time. Remember, if you want to boost your phone’s battery for those prolonged text and call conversations, close all apps that are not being used.
Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter or just e-mail, we have every notification on our phones turned on. Little do we realise that these can use up a lot of battery. This is because they either light up the screen, play a tone or vibrate. So, if you want more time to browse social sites, disable unnecessary notifications to save on battery power.
Follow these steps and your phone will last throughout the day and even during those times when you have only your smartphone for company.