Dating conjures up images of chocolates, flowers and candlelight dinners. This still works for some but for a surprisingly large majority of people, mushy romance is a waste of time.. too much to handle in a stressful world. Nikhil, a 17-year-old, does not agree with this.
"Cute dating is still happening. I know I'm too young to get into a serious relationship but I'm not interested in a casual relationship."
However, he agrees that he doesn't mind a bit of fun sometimes. He laughs, "When it comes to little fun, I hang out with friends in a nightclub. Even girls want to have fun. Sometimes I lose control after a drink or two."
Geeks or losers? Abeer, a 19-year-old, has a different point of view: "My generation believes that you're cool only if you're dating someone.. otherwise you don't fit in. That's why dating has become a trend in colleges. But I don't believe in dating for fun."
He continues, "Another reason why everyone wants to date is to lose their virginity even at 15."
A few years ago, the common assumption was, anyone who turned to a computer to seek love and romance was a geek or loser. But as we started getting more net savvy, cyberspace became the hottest pick-up joint, particularly for married men.
This was a great way to get in touch with single and available women. I remember how one of my friends got hooked on to a married guy unaware of his marital status.
Yet another friend, a young divorcee, found a boyfriend in a chat room.. he added the zing that was missing in her life. A lot of single men too make the most of technology Here's how...
Profiles of some guys on online dating sites
28 - Seeking mature women for a discreet relationship. Hi ladies, if you're unhappy with your sex life, mail me and we can take it from there.
26 - Dude looking for sexy women from Mumbai.
Are you looking for intimate and wild fun and relaxation? I'm a professional manager, open to friendship and fun with women of any age, who are looking for ‘the ultimate experience.' I assure you complete secrecy .
32 - Looking for housewives for friendship and fun. Hi, I'm married but want a secret relationship with a sexy housewife.
33 - Hi sexy ladies and unsatisfied housewives
I'm searching for sexy and unsatisfied ladies for sexual relationships. Married women are most welcome.
According to a city psychiatrist, there's also a new breed of middle-aged housewives looking for excitement in their marriages. They target college guys who're looking for fun.
Eight out of 10 teenagers admit to their preference for older women over young girls. Abeer adds, "Dating an older woman is a thrilling experience, it's every teenager's dream. I had a physical relationship with a woman who was five years older than me."
Speed dating is the latest kind of dating that's soon gaining popularity in Mumbai. In this, people go on multiple dates of five minutes each in a single meeting to test their compatibility levels.
A speed dating organiser says, "Mumbai is ready for these meetings. It's a fun and efficient way for busy and single professionals to meet, especially those who don't like to date co-workers and are disinterested in the bar scene."