Although mobility has increased since late 2021, people are still opting for online dates coupled with a few offline meetings. Experts share insights on why ‘hybrid dating’ is picking up in 2022 and young Indians tell us about their hybrid courtships
While real life dates are making a comeback, virtual dates are emerging as the first-date staple for many. Image for representation: iStock
“My first date last year was a phone call that went on for three hours and we did not meet for a good four to five months. On those lonely cozy nights, you have someone to talk to,” says Pratishta Puthran, a 26-year-old who has been exploring ‘hybrid dating’ since 2021. “I personally feel more comfortable with the idea of knowing a person's thoughts, likes and dislikes before I take out my valuable time to meet a stranger and either be disappointed or pleased,” the senior sales professional from Mumbai adds.