Many of the millennials when interviewed, told that the benefit of dating someone from outside your race is the opportunity to learn about a different culture.“I love getting to know somebody with a different culture, with a different religion, something different from my own because there is so much to learn about the person,” one of the survey participants, 29-year-old Choo May Kuen said in an interview.
Senior lecturer at Monash University Dr Yeoh Seng Guan said the survey results were not surprising as it is a global trend where for the younger generation, especially living in cosmopolitan and metropolitan centres, conventional social identity markers like ethnicity, religion and place of origin, matter less than “individual self-fulfilment” and “interpersonal compatibility”.
Dating apps on the other hand, offer the additional flexibility and freedom of mobile features, easily portable to follow you everywhere and additional features such as location-based GPS to find suitable mates nearby, without having to scroll through pages of profiles and lengthy messages of traditional dating sites A simple finger touch on your smartphone screen allows you to signal your interest, chat, disclose your location and decide if you want to take the next step, to go on a date - all done without the fear and awkwardness of face to face interaction that one experiences in a club or social gathering.
In the last 5 years, dating apps have really taken off in a big way in western cultures, in particular US and Europe where apps like Tinder and Grindr have really gained a foothold in the online dating game.
But is that image of self indulgence and casual relationships deserved?
According to an online survey by , the answer is yes and no.
There are even apps to help out a guy or girl in need when going through a dry spell.
Skout is one of the largest online dating platforms with over 5 million users.
Skout’s “Meet Me” feature allows users to flip through and see who’s nearby and ready to hook up.
When it comes to dating, these 18 to 32-year-olds said it is “less formal, less obligations, less expectations and less familial pressure” compared to previous generations.
In the survey, over nine in 10 respondents said they would date someone from another race but one in 10 said religion would stop them from dating someone.