A new study from Woo has revealed a large gender gap on online dating platforms in India.
After surveying 20,000 of its users, the dating app found only 26% are females. This is far lower than in the US, where the user base is believed to be 40% female.
There are a few reasons as to why the difference in India might be so large. There is still a considerable divide in internet usage as 89% of mobile internet users in the country are male.
Quartz wrote that the survey report suggested: “Men usually spend more time on dating apps when compared to women, since they tend to chat with multiple women at a time. However women limit their conversations to two to three men only.”
Furthermore, 70% of Indian women are unsure about sharing personal details on apps because of safety concerns. However, a similar percentage also say they feel safer dating online than they did two years ago.
Tinder’s ‘My Move’ feature began testing in India in September, which lets female users choose if they want to exclusively send the first message to new matches.
Bumble, which recently launched in India, only displays the first initial of women’s names on their profiles.
Woo found that 32% of dating app users are looking for a meaningful relationship, and a separate survey from Matrimony.com showed almost all Indian women look for complete equality in marriage.
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