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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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Nokia Launches Nokia 3.2 in India

The smartphone is available in black and steel colour variants in top mobile retail outlets across India and on Nokia’s website from May 23

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Nokia has made several small to medium-sized acquisitions as part of a strategy to build up a standalone software business to deliver higher profit margins than its classic communications hardware products.
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HMD Global, the house of Nokia phones, on Tuesday launched the Nokia 3.2 smartphone with a 6.26-inch HD+ display and about two-day battery life in India.

While the 2GB RAM+16GB internal storage variant of the phone is priced at Rs 8,990, the 3GB RAM+32GB storage variant would cost Rs 10,790.

“From biometric face unlock and AI-powered features like ‘Adaptive Battery’ to a more modern and personal way to interact with your smartphone through the dedicated Google Assistant button, you won’t be held back by the Nokia 3.2,” said Ajey Mehta, Vice President and Country Head-India, HMD Global.

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The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 chipset and runs Android 9 Pie.

The Nokia 3.2 will receive three years of monthly security patches and two major OS updates, as guaranteed in the Android One programme.

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The smartphone is available in black and steel colour variants in top mobile retail outlets across India and on Nokia’s website from May 23. (IANS)