The Best Dating Sites and Apps for South Asians

Online dating has led to many South Asian success stories and marriages.

Finding that perfect match amidst a flurry of dating apps and sites can be a tad tricky for the South Asian woman. 

According to Sukhmeet Toor and KJ Dhaliwal, the founders of South Asian dating app Dil Mil, apps like Tinder are not necessarily addressing the South Asian’s “desire to preserve their cultural and religious heritage.” However, finding love in a digital age is certainly possible when you know where to look. Here are some of the most successful digital platforms for your dating arsenal, plus some hacks on how to navigate them safely.

Dil Mil

This South Asian dating app has reported one successful relationship per hour and one marriage per day. The platform also comprises a website, dilmil.co that notes a monumental 20 million matches, and 2 million registered users spanning the globe.

According to Forbes magazine, the dating app was founded in 2014 and “offers a middle ground for South Asians who aren’t looking for either hook-ups or arranged marriages.” Dil Mil places an emphasis on “modern dating methods without downplaying religious and cultural identities.” Forbes also likens the app’s role to that of a “virtual’ aunt, as traditionally aunts were the matchmakers in South Asia.

Asiand8.com

This is currently the largest South Asian dating site, sporting 10,000’s of registered users and tons of heart warming success stories. They cater to South Asians looking for Christian, Hindu, Bengali, Gujarati, and Jain partners, and more. The platform has also taken Covid-19 into consideration. It is hosting virtual speed dating, among others, for Hindus, Sikhs, and for Tamil and Punjabi speakers.

This respected dating site was also featured in BBC, the Huffington Post, and The Asian Today. They also host age-specific virtual events for those over 30, 35, and 45. You can download their app via the Google Play store or the Apple App store.

Bumble

Launched in December 2014 by founder Whitney Wolfe Herd, this platform helps women set the tone for dating. According to Business Insider, Herd’s objective was to create a “comfortable and empowering online dating space for women.” You can also expand your social circle by forging new friendships via Bumble BFF, or network via Bumble Bizz. The platform requires women to shake outdated dating and gender norms, by encouraging them to make the initial move if someone piques their interest!

Bumble notes that this helps shift “old-fashioned power dynamics,” and spurs equality from the onset. The platform stands firmly on their pillars of respect, kindness, and confidence. You can join the ‘beehive’ via their website or by downloading their mobile app.

Navigating Toward Your Ideal Match Safely

According to a Safewise source, there’s a notable difference between being “cyber savvy” and “cyber secure.” You should therefore always keep your contact details confidential. Any potential dates would probably do an online search on you. It’s therefore wise to limit your public contact details on digital platforms such as your Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

You should also be vigilant about potentially fake profiles. Safewise advises that some surefire ways to ascertain whether a profile picture is fake is to run it through a Google images search. Google verifies the photo source via “facial recognition, photo binary data, and landmark identification.”

Also, if you think you’ve found a suitable match and would like to meet in person, you should practice the utmost caution and adhere to the necessary Covid-19 guidelines. Safewise also advises to make your first date a virtual one, or tell someone where you are going when venturing out. You could also arrange for them to give you a call to ensure your safety. And never hesitate to report any suspicious activity to your dating platform.

That being said, when you practice caution and engage via the correct platforms, your online dating experience could be a positive one!