'Marriage Not Necessary In Serious Relationship', Says Survey On Indian Millennials

Also, nearly 90% of them said they would consider having a serious relationship with someone who couldn't have children

A survey of 86,000 Indians aged 25-35 by dating site OkCupid, has found that millennials in India seem to have a more open understanding of marriage, gender roles and having children. The survey revealed that 68% of Indians said that marriage was not a necessity in a serious relationship. Also, nearly 90% of them said they would consider having a serious relationship with someone who couldn’t have children.

The survey also revealed a shift in priorities of millennials as compared to their parents. The survey revealed that 98% of women and 90% of men said their values were different from their parents. Also, 69% of men and 56% of women preferred meeting potential partners online as opposed to their family and friends setting them up.

OkCupid said in a statement:

“Instead of being told what to do, or having other people choose for them, young, single Indians want to make their own choices based on the connection they share with a person. They are in no hurry to ‘settle down’ or ‘compromise’ until they feel comfortable with their choice. As the first generation of Indians to seek financial independence over marriage, and having access to ideas and opportunities without the limitations of geography, Indian millennials have a clear idea of who they are and what they want from life.”

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Intelligence above looks

The survey also says that Indian millennials give more importance to intelligence and intellect than looks. The data reveals that 83% of women and 79% of men find intelligence more appealing than beauty. Also, 72% of those surveyed said they don’t give importance to traditional gender roles in a romantic relationship.

No politics while dating

Another survey by the same site revealed that 64% men and 62% women opine that though they might be aware of politics, they choose not to make this a topic typical of bedroom or dining table discourse. A majority of people (43% men and 37% women) are open to dating someone who has strong political beliefs, “as long as it’s not violent”. However, 54% of women, as opposed to 21% of men, would prefer to match with partners who share their political beliefs.