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Tinder’s new ad in India has been swiped left—rather decisively—on social media.The ad, released on May 7 on Facebook, shows a young Indian woman preening in her bedroom mirror.Her mother enters the room and asks about her plans.
The scenario doesn’t resonate with most Indians, judging by reactions on Facebook and Twitter.
Surprisingly, it is being panned for being too conservative, and not edgy or progressive enough for an app that is disrupting the way people meet around the world.
“In Tinder’s new ad, the date comes pre-approved by mummy,” read one headline on a news website in India. There isn’t even a hint of the mother pushing the daughter into a serious relationship, let alone goading her to search for “the one.” In a country where women are expected to marry in their 20s, and have babies soon afterwards, this mom sounds super progressive.
Even though invasion of privacy is a refined art form in Indian homes, the mother in the ad does not seek any details of the man (or woman) her daughter is meeting.
Yet, her very presence in the ad is freaking out users in Tinder’s biggest market in Asia, most of them aged between 19 and 25.
The reaction reveals a lot about the uneasy relationship urban Indian kids have with their parents with regards to their sexuality.
Users are convinced that Tinder is promoting traditional relationship choices.
It seems young India finds it almost impossible that parents would ever accept a relationship outside the context of marriage.
They would rather brave furtive lovemaking in parking lots or movie halls than even consider the possibility of a healthy conversation with parents about dating.
It is also clear that Tinder is trying to position itself as much more than just a hookup app.
As Tinder is bullish on India—it opened its first international office in New Delhi earlier this year—the app is likely to see a lot of Indianization.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating