Swipe for Love: “I’m an introvert and online dating apps have opened up a whole new world to me”

After matching on an online dating app, Sruti and Sunny continued to text and call each other before meeting after a year. And guess what? It was love at first sight! In an exclusive chat with ETimes Lifestyle, Sruti and Sunny discuss how online dating helped them find true love.

Have you ever thought that you will find love online?

Sruti: Well, yes! I have always been shy and introverted. I never had many friends. Physically interacting with people in college (the hub of finding love) wasn’t my game. So when Tinder and its ilk popped up, it opened up a whole new world for me. And honestly, chatting online was a lot easier for me than interacting in person.

Sunny: I wasn’t too sure. It was all about fate. I was open to all kinds of opportunities, that’s why I found Sruti. You can find love anywhere, in any corner!

What is the difference between online dating and finding love around you?

Sruti: I’m a born procrastinator! And with my demanding professional life in an advertising agency, it sometimes becomes impossible to spend time with myself! So I never had time to meet friends and network with people. But with the online dating scene, you can access a pool of data at your fingertips. You don’t need to travel or set a certain time for this. Although I always wanted to experience something like “Before sunrise” Alas!

Sunny: You have a broader horizon if you are looking for love on an online platform rather than finding someone in person. It is becoming easier to interact with people, especially in the modern age.

What are some of the things you don’t like about dating online?

Sruti: In rare cases, you come across unscrupulous people or fake profiles. Sometimes verifying a person online becomes difficult. But we can rely on their instincts to help them identify what is right.

Sunny: I met a lot of fake profiles and scammers. I think this is a serious problem with online dating. This puts off a lot of people who are eager to find love on a dating app.

Were you showing your perfect side by dating online or texting? Or were you your true self?

Sruti: Well, it’s a mixture! Who doesn’t want to impress their date? Everybody. But I’ve always been closest to myself, the crazy me! I always wanted my dates to like me for who I am rather than a projected person.

Sunny: In person, I can’t maintain a split personality. I am always myself with everyone, and it is necessary when looking for a person to find love with.

Can you tell us what your dating bio was about?

Sruti: My bios always depended on my mood! The last biography included me saying that I had a dog and that I am a plant parent.

Sunny: My biography was very simple and it spoke about me in a few words and the city in which I resided. I am a very simple person unlike Sruti!

Is hooking up through online dating apps as exciting as meeting someone in a physical space?

Sruti: Of course yes! You are not limited to texting and instant messaging, but you meet physically. And I think both have the same weight and both give you butterflies in your stomach!

Sunny: Yeah, I also think both are equally exciting and don’t have much difference. It’s just the platform that differs. Like I said before, you can find love anywhere.

What attracted you to your partner online?

Sruti: Its simplicity and innocence. I am always in awe of how childish and young at heart a person can be! Sometimes it absolutely feels like a dream.

Sunny: His expressive eyes! I got stuck in her eyes the first time I saw her! That’s what drew me to her.

Have you come across fake profiles or fake identities online? Any tips for knowing if a person is real or fake?

Sruti: Yes, I have come across some fake profiles. In such situations, you just have to follow your instincts, nothing else, because that is what you should trust.

Sunny: Yes, there are a lot of fake profiles on dating apps. I think doing a background check by looking up the person on Facebook, Instagram, etc. can be a good way to check if the person is real or not. I also believe that a genuine person would definitely be on social media. Only creeps would avoid showing up on social media!

Was it love at first sight when you two met or did you take your time getting to know your partner?

Sruti: I’m very pragmatic and a bit skeptical too. For me it was more love at second or third sight. But I was floored by his kindness as soon as I met him!

Sunny: Yes it was love at first sight for me! I knew it was her! It didn’t take us long at all to get to know each other because we were deeply in love.

Do you think taking risks or a “leap of faith” is very important to get to where you are now?

Sruti: Yes absolutely. I took this leap of faith and guess what I landed in my dream world? Sunny, it makes me so happy and loved. Only when you take risks can you get anywhere.

Sunny: Life is about taking risks and
shaadi is like Dilli ka laddoo! Khaoge toh pachtaoge, nahi khaoge toh tabbhi pachtaoge! (Marriage is like Delhi’s Ladoo! If you eat, you’ll regret, but if you don’t eat, you’ll still regret!)

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