Dehradun, July 19, 2015

Even after becoming the capital fifteen years ago, the Doon valley continues to evolve. The city is home to a large number of youngsters who come here for jobs or even higher education.

The absence of clubbing scene and pub culture in the city however gives limited options to the youngsters to approach the opposite sex for dating or even for friendship which has resulted in the youth embracing dating apps in a big way.

The mobile app store gives myriad options when it comes to these apps, with customized features for different users. Apps like Vee, Woo, Thrill, TrulyMadly are a rage amongst youth. Some apps like Woo however state that it is not a dating app for arranging a casual date but rather it is a platform to discover a meaningful relationship and also finding one's life-partner. "I have been using these apps since the last few months and I must say my initial inhibition has gone due to the safety features imbibed by these apps," said Riya Rawat (name changed), a first year college student.

She mentioned Thrill, an app which lets women ask the guys to verify themselves through a video chat while keeping their own camera switched off.

"If its a mutual match, we can initiate chatting. In other apps there are provisions like blocking a person if we don't feel comfortable," added Rawat.

Youngsters also claim that the dating apps provide great features like getting in touch with someone within a 10 km radius or even 200 km radius, based on their own preferences. The accounts of the youngsters are first confirmed through their social media presence on Facebook or Twitter.

"I feel the dating apps provide flexibility. One can go ahead and meet the person in real life, if they find the virtual chatting comfortable. I feel it is even safer for girls as there are many filters for removing the fake profiles" said Snigdh Saklani, another youngster.

Youngsters claim one of the prime reasons for popularity of such apps is the fact that there is no way of contacting a person, unless one wishes to.

For instance, Vee users can go invisible anytime and even hide information at their own will. The women using the app also at any point of time can make chats disappear from both ends.

TrulyMadly offers super-safe interaction for both boys and girls, as one cannot download or take a screenshot of the photos uploaded on the app.

"I am a homosexual and I have not come out of the closet in front of my parents yet. I am working in Delhi and I visit the Doon valley often for extended holidays. These dating apps definitely come as a respite. I use Grindr which is a gay chat, meet and date app. Though the present apps are great in introducing us to the prospects of dating, I feel there should be more specific dating apps for the LGBT community in India," said a Doon based gay youngster, on condition of anonymity.
Courtesy: Times Of India

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