Youngsters from the city, along with those from Kolkata, lead among 15 cities across India in having a relationship, according to the findings of the Hindustan Times Youth Survey 2014.
As far as cheating on partners is concerned, the city youth lead in the country. In the age group of 18-25, 67% city youth say that they are in a relationship and 45% of them accepted cheating on their partner.
Experts say most of the youth in the city is independent, living away from family and this exposure is driving them to be in relationship.
Amit Saini, a resident of Sector 22 and working with a corporate firm, says, “Awareness is on a rise and most of the men and women do not want to get married early. Being in a relationship gives everything from mental, physical to emotional satisfaction and that too without any responsibilities which otherwise come along with marriage.”
Sharing her thoughts, Tarundeep Kaur, head of psychology department at SD College, says, “Nuclear families and sudden exposure are the main reasons for youth getting attracted to be in a relationship or to indulge in premarital sex. Mostly those coming to Chandigarh for studies are from conservative families of Punjab and they fail to handle the sudden exposure. They also face peer pressure and thus the urge and need for being in a relationship.”
Even the youth from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore are behind those from Chandigarh as far as being in a relationship is concerned.
Experts justify this gap by the fact that the youth in these cities is already more exposed to those coming to Chandigarh.
Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore have 55%, 63% and 42% youth, respectively, saying that they are in a relationship. The percentage of those cheating on their partner is also much less as compared to Chandigarh, which is 41%, 30% and 29%, respectively, for Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
Meanwhile, lack of commitment, immaturity and peer pressure are some reasons which experts suggest push youngsters to cheat on their partners.
Jagdish Chander Mehta, head of sociology department at DAV College, says, “Growing women liberation is one major factor for youth getting into relationship.”
He explains that for a relationship, acceptance from both sides is required and now with growing women liberalisation, women are more open to such relations.
“Facing peer pressure, most youth try and experiment. It is this experimenting and trying to be part of bandwagon which leads to cheating. As one grows older, the streak to cheat comes down,” adds Mehta.