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GenZ chooses emotional availability over physical appearance when dating: Study

Updated on: 17 July,2023 07:15 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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For GenZs, physical appearance hardly matters when looking to date someone. They are more into intelligent, emotionally available and sorted individuals. A recent study on new-age dating individuals highlights how they explore their dating lives

GenZ chooses emotional availability over physical appearance when dating: Study

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Young generation is challenging the dating standards and exploring newer ways of finding love and companionship. To dig deeper into understanding the dating patterns of young Indians, the online dating app QuackQuack conducted a poll to take a closer look. According to 46 per cent of the total 12,000 survey participants from tier 1 and 2 cities, wearing rose-tinted glasses is a thing of the past. The new-age dating individuals look at people, especially potential romantic partners, from the more rational red flag and green flag angle. Participants of the survey are both working professionals and students. 

QuackQuack's founder and CEO, Ravi Mittal, commented, "A large chunk of our 25 million users is between the 18 to 28 age group, and we see a huge difference in the way they choose matches or choose to advance with their matches. Rationale and practicality go hand in hand for the GenZ daters. They are more conscious about whom they date, and we notice them thinking critically, unlike most Millennials who think emotionally."
Scratch love at first sight 
There's a distinct difference between how GenZ and millennials approach and handle love. The GenZs don't believe in the concept of love at first sight. It can only be a mere attraction if it is based on the first appearances, as demonstrated by 21 per cent of GenZ from Tier 1 cities.  

Mindful love 
New-age people are more mindful about whom they love. Ranging between the kind of jobs they have, educational qualification to financial status, there are a number of things a GenZ considers before allowing themselves to open up their hearts to a potential romantic partner. 24 per cent of these daters between the age of 20 to 24 explain how being thorough helps them avoid heartbreaks and more importantly, regrets. 

Taking advantage of all available means 
As seen from the survey results, GenZ prefers online dating, but they also approach their match offline before remotely committing to anything related to love and romance. 33 per cent of women from tier 1 and 2 cities disclosed that the new generation of daters is more meticulous about background checking their matches. 

They comb through social media handles more thoroughly than Millennials can imagine; from checking the geo-tags on the posts to checking who has been tagged and who tagged their matches, these individuals use technology to their advantage.
Intelligent, emotionally available, and sorted 
Physical appearance has taken a back seat in today's dating world and 41 per cent of Millennials thank the new age people for that. GenZs don't care for the tall, dark, and handsome. They are more into the intelligent, emotionally available, and sorted kind. 36 per cent of men between 20 to 25 say that men who are capable of showing their emotions without being restrained by societal norms that dictate men can't show emotions - it's a huge turn-on for the new-age women. 7 out of 10 women between 18 to 23 expressed that they are attracted to a man's emotional capacities more than physical ones. 
A few more steps 
33 per cent of male daters from Tier 1 and 2 cities disclosed that more steps have been added to the process of falling in love. They explained that you don't just see a profile, like their display picture and send a request. You look for this person on every social media platform. If you find mutual friends, you check with them to gain information that'll help you evaluate whether it will be the right choice to match with this person. Once you match, you chat but don't meet yet. You have a virtual meet-up. But there are still no tags attached. Finally, when all of the mentioned things are good to go, you meet up in person. Only then you allow yourself to pursue this relationship romantically. It's a long process, but it's better and safer this way, says 27 per cent of QuackQuack's GenZ users. 
The pragmatic daters 
The new generation of daters is realistic about the relationships they want. 17 per cent of daters say they don't expect every relationship to be ‘the one’. They expressed being aware that relationships come and go, mostly because GenZ is never static; they are constantly shifting to different cities for higher studies or career growth. Commitments shift with time, say 11 per cent  of men below 23.   

Also Read: A little love on the side: A new survey reveals how Indians are open to dating two or more partners at one time

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