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Mental health and its relationship with your dating life

Whenever we talk about health, the first image that comes to our mind is of physical health : being in good shape, having a nutritious diet, exercising and sleeping between 6-8 hours each day. It is time for us to broaden this definition and also include mental health in it. Mental health is not only as important as physical health but an unhealthy mind can lead to an unhealthy body and vice-versa. In addition to that, it is imperative that we also talk about factors that impact our mental health. Career, work life, family and environment are all factors that we should consider and just the same, our love life. The way our society is shaped, it does not leave much space to discuss the love life of an individual and its effects. It is as if before marriage, whatever comes to a person in their dating life is childish and not of importance. Therefore, QuackQuack, India’s most downloaded dating app, has conducted a survey to better understand the mental health of the young dating crowd. The survey was conducted with a sample size of 50k users from the age group 18-30 years.

Here are the insights from it:

  1. A good partner can escort you to a healthy mental life– 

A compatible partner not only makes you understand yourself better, but they also enrich your life by adding to it their wisdom and kindness. When you get along well with someone, you are often able to communicate and convey words without speaking. However, an incompatible partner or someone you lack communication with can also equally deteriorate your peace of mind. Not knowing where you stand in your relationship or having silly fights can put you at unease mentally. To know whether you are compatible with your partner or not, ask yourself if you feel at peace with them mentally, emotionally and even physically. Almost 40% of male QuackQuack users in the age group of 28-38 in tier-2 cities said that they are happy with their current partner. As for female users in the same age group, the number stood at 47%. 

2.   Women and the impact of dating apps in their personal life- 

When it comes to dating, let’s accept that women do not have it easy. Societal pressure, fear of judgement and peer pressure, all together make it difficult for women to date and go out with whoever they want to. For female QuackQuack users who felt better once they started using the app, the number stood at a good 53% in the age group of 18-30 both in the tier-2 and tier-3 cities. They felt that approaching guys is not easy in Indian society and hence, QuackQuack provided a relief and proved to be a great intermediate. Once they could chat and talk to men, it was less challenging for them to go forward with their dating life. Moreover, a happy dating life translated as a happy emotional life with peace of mind. For women in metropolitan cities in the age group of 18-30, dating apps did not make much of a difference while in tier-3 cities, the percentage rose to 56%. 

3.   Men on dating apps have it tougher? 

For men, the competition is tough on dating apps. Not only are there more men with the imbalanced male to female ratio but they are less likely to get likes and matches than women. A huge number, 31% of men in the age group of 25-40 from tier-2 and tier-3 cities said that they felt disheartened after using dating apps for reasons like : not getting likes or matches, not receiving replies to their messages and also lack of compatibility.  For men in metropolitan cities, the world of dating is less harsh which means 19% of men in the same age group were despair about not getting matches and also felt less ignored when it came to replies. They admitted that women did not feel restrictions while dating them and that the dating scene was completely different from small towns and cities. 

Overall, the participants and respondents of this survey nodded in the affirmative that their dating life was not separate from their mental health and that it had a crucial role to play in their emotional and mental well-being. A partner you get along with and who understands you brings tranquillity of mind whereas an incompatible partner can drain you. What is more, women had a positive view of their personal life after using dating apps as they had an outlet to approach and talk to men. For men, on the other hand, the world of dating proves to be a bit hard on them and they find it difficult to gather likes and matches compared to women.

Courtesy –QuackQuack

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