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'Delusionship', 'Chameleoning', 'Evil Dead Rise': Here are the latest GenZ dating trends, terms you need to know

Updated on: 09 July,2023 10:09 AM IST  |  Mumbai
mid-day online correspondent |

While Delusionship is a state of mind wherein the person imagines an entire relationship, Evil Dead Rise is one where exes try to re-enter with new and upgraded fake promises

'Delusionship', 'Chameleoning', 'Evil Dead Rise': Here are the latest GenZ dating trends, terms you need to know

According to the survey, Chameleoning is on the rise and describes the trend where daters keep changing their personalities, likes, and dislikes to fit their matches. Image for representational purpose only. Photo Courtesy: istock

The dating world is constantly evolving with different kinds of trends that are constantly emerging among people who are actively dating today. The many different terms that come out of them are a by-product of these trends, and most often than not, they have already existed but aren't spoken about much. 

Indian dating app QuackQuack, ran a survey among its GenZ users to find out the latest scoop of the virtual dating world and they have found some interesting terms like 'Delusionship', 'Evil Dead Rise', 'Chameleoning' and 'Fake-Ups'. It surveyed 15,000 men and women between 18 to 26 participated in the survey. The individuals taking part came from tier 1 cities- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and more and tier 2 cities- mostly from Surat, Lucknow, Jaipur, Bhopal, Patna, Indore, Kochi, Kanpur, and Guwahati. The participants of the survey are self-employed, working professionals, and students.

QuackQuack's founder and CEO, Ravi Mittal, commented, "Much has been said and done about the global dating patterns, but this time, we wanted to shed some light on the up-and-coming desi online dating trends and specifically observe GenZ Indian daters' behaviour. We have noticed that approximately 44 per cent of the participants have been a part of more than one trend, with 'Delusionship' and 'Evil Dead Rise' on the lead."

About 39 per cent of QuackQuack’s survey participants disclosed being in a 'delusionship' at least once in their dating lifespan. Explaining this trend, they said delusionship is a state of mind wherein the person imagines an entire relationship, starting from proposing to ending in marriage and kids, without even making a single move on their crush. It's all in their heads, and 29 per cent of these people who revealed their 'delusionships' are introverts. Extroverts are also a part of this trend, and they think it's more common than most people care to admit. Users from both tier 1 and 2 cities alike have experienced this intense "obsession and daydreaming," as they termed it. It builds slowly and steadily, but thankfully, it does not last long. If it does, that no longer comes under the delusionship category.

Evil Dead Rise
Exes trying to re-enter with new and upgraded fake promises is not new, but GenZ daters have certainly given it a fresh and fancy term- Evil Dead Rise. 37 per cent of dating app users between 18 to 22 have admitted that they have been on the receiving end of the Evil Dead Rise, and the term fits the trauma that comes from rehashing the past. 7 per cent of daters from tier 1 and 2 cities admitted being the Evil Dead Rise in someone's life, and they justified that their intentions were not as evil as people are making it sound. For every trend, perspective matters.

Shining light on new trends, QuackQuack's survey shows Chameleoning is on the lead- this trend is where daters keep changing their personalities, likes, and dislikes to fit their matches'. The app has even seen some users change the same in their profile bios and preferences. 23 per cent of women between 23 to 26 revealed that time and again, they have altered their persona to be more likable, and they think almost everyone does it, some more subtle than others. 31 per cent of men between 21 and 25 have done the same to impress their date. 36 per cent of men and women opined that while chameleoning is common, and almost everyone does some minor alterations, any major change is not sustainable; sooner than later, people's true colors start showing, and that can be more damaging.

Among other intriguing trends, QuackQuack's survey shows Fake-Up is stealing the limelight these days. Fake-Up is the trend where GenZ daters, especially single men, fake a breakup to gather sympathies from female daters and strike up a conversation with the end goal of dating them. 18 per cent of male daters from metros and smaller cities disclosed using fake-up stories to talk to their crush. Compared to men, the number of females participating in this trend is much lower, and 23 per cent of women above 21 believe that women's compassion makes it easier for men to use fake-up to slide into their DMs.

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