Hyderabad: Hyderabad reigned supreme as the chattiest video dating city, according to Tinder's Year in Swipe 2021. An increasing number of first dates happened on video calls this year with Tinder witnessing a 52% growth in mentions of video calls globally. Tinder also introduced an in-app video call feature that launched in India in October 2020 and it turned out to be a big hit.

2021 was all about going online and the dating segment was not behind. Video dating saw an increase in the last year and Hyderabad was the chattiest video dating city followed by Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, and Pune. The GenZ are enjoying both virtual meet-cutes and post-vaccination real dates.

According to Tinder's Year in Swipe 2021, real-life hangouts did not totally go out of fashion. People also looked for connections near them. Terms like "nearby" and "close by" increased by 20% in Tinder bios globally.

Vaccination status became something of a flex on Tinder. As vaccination drives accelerated locally between February and August 2021, mentions of "vaccinated" in bios in India grew by 40 times as members advocated for vaccine status as a dating essential. The vaccinated badge was also popular among Indian GenZs.

Tinder's Year in Swipe 2021 records data from 1 January to 30 November 2021 and among the Gen Z (18-25 year olds), its largest user base. The online dating platform also compared data from last year during the same period.

Picnic in a park, virtual movie night were top choices

Speaking of dates, there was a big interest in picking out different first dates this year. Long walks were a big favourite for Tinder users as it saw a two-fold increase in bios along with other activities like cycling and pottery. For Tinder users in India, "picnic in a park" and "a virtual movie night" were the most popular choices.

Further, songs like Rodgrio's 'good4u' and Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber's 'Stay' were chart-toppers in Tinder bios in 2021, closely followed by Indian Punjabi favourites like AP Dhillon's 'Brown Munde' and 'Lover' by Diljit Dosanjh.

Another popular topic for Indian GenZs was small gestures such as "getting them coffee" or "complimenting their outfits" that would make someone's day.

In terms of emojis used in Tinder bios, the side-eye emoji saw a 40% increase in usage in Tinder bios globally this year. Meanwhile, Indian GenZ used the black heart and smiling emojis the most.

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