According to Gupta, research shows that though young people in less urban areas of India are not as open to online dating, social attitudes are rapidly shifting.
India is a little further along the dating-as-acceptable-social-practice spectrum, but safety and verification are still significant issues.
Members of India’s number two dating app (after Tinder), called Truly Madly, must have a “Trust Score” of 30 percent or higher in order to get a match or initiate contact with another user.
Two different respondents, both Muslim and married, wrote that those who use apps are not serious or honest.
Though these two had not dated, the rest of the respondents had all either nearly been caught themselves, or had heard about less fortunate instances.
One way that Kuwait got around this was to have restaurants equipped with “cabinas,” private dining rooms where dating would take place behind literal closed doors.
Men and women would enter and exit separately and travel in separate cars.“Now, things have changed dramatically,” writes Desert Girl.
Kuwait’s divorce rate is about 50 percent, there are many more women in the workforce, and Kuwaiti women are now marrying foreign men—something that was completely unheard of 10 years ago.
Though young people no longer sneak around inordinately, she says, the concept of dating is still new.
The Trust Score is created and improved by linking to Facebook and Linked In profiles, as well as uploading copies of photo ID such as their passport, voter I-cards, employment verification, and .
The app also rejects any user whose Facebook profile status mentions “married,” to ensure only singles are using the platform.
Cultural acceptance towards modern-day dating and the apps that accompany it falls along a spectrum. In places like India, urbanization and increasing use of technology are catalyzing new social and romantic trends.