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Online Dating Apps Beneficial for LGBTQ Community in India: Tinder

Tinder enjoys a global user base of 3.8 million people and the dating app receives over 7.5 million swipes everyday in India

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Lin Chinxuan, right, holds a reflector as Austin Haung, 32, photographs Kao Shaochun, left, and John Sugden during their pre-wedding photoshoot in Taipei, Taiwan, Nov. 11, 2018. Chinxuan and Haung are a couple and together they run Hiwow studio photographing LGBTQ couples. VOA

Accepting that the stigma around their community has drastically lessened in the last five years, 73 percent of the LGBTQ adults believe that online dating apps have benefited their community in a positive way in India, data from dating app Tinder showed on Tuesday.

As part of an internal survey, Tinder found out that while 44 percent LGBTQ adults said online dating apps help them to express themselves more freely, 61 percent people choose to come out about their sexuality on online platforms rather than coming out to friends and family and 39 percent say it has made it easier for them to explore their own identities.

About 44 per cent LGBTQ adults use dating apps that are inclusive of all sexual orientations.

The survey suggests that dating apps have helped the LGBTQ community discover diversity in terms of dating in India and 35 per cent people from the LGBTQ community who use the services say they have more diverse people to date when compared to their heterosexual counterparts.

“Of the 73 per cent people who say online dating apps have had a positive impact, 33 per cent say it has provided more diversity of people to date in terms of sexual orientation, 33 per cent say it has provided more diversity of people to date in terms of race and culture,” the company said.

Tinder Dating App. Source: Digital Trends

The survey highlighted that out of the 61 per cent adults who came out about their sexuality on online apps, 51 per cent were part of the Gen Z group (born between 1995 and 2015) whereas 67 per cent were millennials (born between 1981 and 1996).

“Gen Z were less likely to formally come out than millennials. For those who formally came out, the most common age to do so was 21-25 (33 per cent) while 30 per cent came out between ages 16-20,” the company added.

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Tinder also noted that 30 per cent of the LGBTQ community say the pressure to be in a relationship has lessened in the last five years and today one in five people say they are less ashamed of their single status.

Tinder enjoys a global user base of 3.8 million people and the dating app receives over 7.5 million swipes everyday in India. (IANS)

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Mean Fixed Broadband Download Speed in India Rises to 16.5%

Availability of 4G continues to improve in India as the country's mobile providers are trying to provide consistent coverage across the country

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India is the leader in mean fixed Broadband download speed amongst other neighbouring countries, with Bangladesh at 24.02 Mbps and Pakistan with flat speeds between 8.54 and 9.14 Mbps. Pixabay

Mean fixed broadband download speeds in India have risen by 16.5 per cent during the second quarter (Q2) and third quarter (Q3) of 2019 and topped 34.07 Mbps in September while country-wide Internet speeds were expected to increase, US-based broadband speed tester Ookla said on Wednesday.

“With Reliance Jio’s rollout of its new GigaFiber service in India in early September, we will likely continue to see countrywide speeds increase,” the company said in a statement.

According to the Ookla’s report, which examined the recent trends in Indian telecom market during the last two quarters, India is the leader in mean fixed broadband download speed amongst other neighbouring countries, with Bangladesh at 24.02 Mbps and Pakistan with flat speeds between 8.54 and 9.14 Mbps.

Availability of 4G continues to improve in India as the country’s mobile providers are trying to provide consistent coverage across the country.

This availability is the percentage of an operator’s known locations where a device has access to LTE service (including roaming).

India’s 4G Availability was relatively high at 87.9 per cent across providers during Q2-Q3 2019, which means that Speedtest users had access to LTE service at 87.9 per cent of surveyed locations.

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Mean fixed Broadband download speeds in India have risen by 16.5 per cent during the second quarter (Q2) and third quarter (Q3) of 2019 and topped 34.07 Mbps in September. Pixabay

The 4G availability was 58.9 per cent in Pakistan and 58.7 per cent in Bangladesh during the same period.

Ookla looked at fixed and mobile download speeds in the 15 largest cities in India during 2019, Q2-Q3 and found out that Chennai had the fastest mean download speed over fixed broadband (51.07 Mbps), followed by Bengaluru (42.50 Mbps) and Hyderabad (41.68 Mbps).

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The slowest download speeds on our list were measured in Nagpur (20.10 Mbps), followed by Pune (22.78 Mbps) and Kanpur (23.20 Mbps). (IANS)