"I believe in moments," says Suchet Chatterjee*, 22, a self-confessed chatroom regular from Chandannagar, West Bengal. " quips the college-goer, adding that every once in a while, depending on the connect, this banter gives way to flings.
True to his belief, Suchet does not think much about striking up a quick conversation with a stranger on a dating app/site. Of course, it's been a while since promise-free hook-ups became the not-so-guilty pleasure of younger Indians. Given the rising stress levels in all quarters of life, the patience required of a long-term commitment has lost votes.
"Well, you can't deny that the revised duration of our 'connections' are taking away from real organic connect.
Look around, almost everyone has considered it at some point, right?
It's just less easily discussed when you are living in a closed environment," she says.
Relationships are the starting point of this change.
Girls are unwilling to commit early on—they want to suss out four-five guys before deciding who is the one." Let's keep it casual, honey There is also a "need to unsingle", he observes, and youngsters from across the country are happy to address it.
Shivani Upreeti*, who has lived in Uttarakhand's Srinagar town and Delhi at different points while growing up, echoes the thought.