At least 19 percent of Indians surveyed who are or have ever used a dating app or website admit paying for a background check on their online match, a report released on Thursday said.
The survey, conducted by consumer cyber safety company NortonLifeLock, also revealed that 73 percent of Indian adults surveyed who have been in a romantic relationship admit to checking on their current or former partners without their knowledge, consent, or permission.
“Nearly everyone does some form of social media check or online creeping before meeting someone in person for the first time,” Ritesh Chopra, Director Sales and Field Marketing, India and SAARC Countries, NortonLifeLock, said in a statement.
“While a few consumers are taking preventative measures to protect themselves online, there is certainly room for improvement,” he added.
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The survey revealed that among those who admitted to online stalking around a quarter of respondents admit to tracking their current or former partner’s location via a location-sharing app (25%) or creating a fake profile to check on them on social media (23%).
While 29 percent of online daters surveyed unmatched a potential partner due to finding disturbing social media posts, 34 percent unmatched having discovered photos online that conflicted with their dating profile pictures, the report said.
According to respondents, which involved 1,000 participants, the most common tactics for vetting a prospective date include looking up their match’s social media profiles (60%), profiles on a professional networking site (43%), and friends and family social media profiles (40%).
Dating apps and websites are constantly evolving to include new features and interfaces, but for many Indian online daters, the information found on a dating profile isn’t enough, the report said.
At least 40 percent of Indian online daters take it a step further according to these survey results, looking up a dating match’s friends or family members on social media.