New-age Love

India Today - - MAIL -

The new-age apps have be­come widely pop­u­lar and most young­sters are us­ing them (“Love in the Age of Apps”, Fe­bru­ary 24). The trick to be learnt is how to use them best for one's ad­van­tage while min­imis­ing the neg­a­tive ef­fects. In a world where de­ceit is wildly ram­pant, la­belling an emo­tion as love, es­pe­cially one that has de­vel­oped via a vir­tual re­la­tion­ship, must be done with ex­treme cau­tion. On a more pos­i­tive note, the fear of dis­cov­ery through the spy apps may dis­cour­age way­ward flings and en­sure fidelity in part­ners.

NEEHARIKA SINHA, Al­la­habad

From ar­ranged mar­riages to choos­ing one's own part­ner to pick­ing a spouse from the umpteen boom­ing on­line mar­riage por­tals to the cur­rent trend of us­ing di­rect mes­sag­ing plat­forms like the Krush app to choose a life part­ner— mar­riages in In­dia have cer­tainly come a long way. But only time will tell whether this evo­lu­tion of the In­dian mar­riage sys­tem has been for the bet­ter or worse and if vir­tual re­la­tion­ships can trans­late into steady, long-term com­pan­ion­ship.

NALINI V., via email

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