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Navigating the Indian Dating Landscape with eharmony

by eharmony Editorial Team February 20, 2024

Did you know that eight out of 10 Indian Americans marry other desi singles?1 While some marriages are still arranged to some degree by parents or other family members, more and more Indian Americans are finding their own partners. If you’d like to be one of them, eharmony can help you navigate your way around Indian dating.

Why use eharmony for Indian dating?

Indian culture has always valued compatibility – in times past (and even present!) families used horoscopes to ensure their children made a good match. At eharmony, we help you find that special someone based on our unique Compatibility Matching System. When you start Indian dating with eharmony, you’ll fill out a detailed questionnaire about your likes, dislikes, your values, what you’re looking for in a partner, and more. We’ll use what we know about you to pair you with potential dates who share the same values and want the same things from a relationship.

How does eharmony work as an Indian dating site?

You might wonder, why eharmony rather than a traditional Indian dating site. Explore how to meet singles with eharmony:

Discover the real you

eharmony is not just another Indian dating site – we believe love happens when you find that person who gets you. That’s why everyone starts with our Compatibility Quiz. Your answers help us find the Indian singles you’re most likely to hit it off with.

Example eharmony compatibility quiz question
Example Indian dating profile on eharmony

Complete your profile

The key to successful Indian online dating starts with your profile. We make this process as enjoyable as possible by having richly detailed profiles that are easy to digest. That’s why eharmony is the dating app with the highest-rated user profiles.2

Explore Indian singles

In your Discover list, you’ll find every eharmony member who fits your search criteria. Each member you see will display a Compatibility Score based on how likely you are to hit it off. You can filter who you see based on traits you share (e.g. distance, education, age, wants to have kids etc.) – and you’ll also see what you have in common with each member.

Two examples Indian single profiles on eharmony
Example first message and like Indian single profile

It all starts with a Like

Not sure how to get the conversation started? We’ve made it easy: if something on a member’s profile catches your eye, just hit Like. Then you have the option to add a personalized message. You can hit Like on answers to profile questions, their hobbies or your similarities.

Two Likes make a Match

Once you get a Like back, it’s a Match. Congratulations! You can now swap messages and send Icebreakers or react with a Smile to get to know each other better.

Because we believe love happens when two people connect based on what really matters. If you’re ready to find out, sign up today.

Example of a match between Indian singles

Challenges of Indian dating: Embracing opportunities and connections

Alas, the course of true love rarely runs smooth when it comes to Indian dating. Some of the obstacles desi singles might run into while choosing a partner include:

Cultural differences

India is vast and diverse with a whole host of different cultures. Navigating these cultures can often come with unexpected difficulties, which is why it’s especially important to communicate clearly and honestly with each other.

A limited dating pool

Indian Americans might be the one of the fastest growing Asian minorities but there’s still just a little over 4m in a country of over 300m. This can make desi dating challenging, especially for Indian singles in places without a large population.

Balancing traditional and modern values

Like many immigrant communities, Indian Americans often have to navigate the gap between traditional Indian values and western ones. It can be challenging to find a partner who both respects Indian dating culture and is also open to America’s more casual norms. 

Indian single woman dating online on eharmony while waiting for the metro

Although eharmony’s not a traditional Indian dating site, there are ways to increase your likelihood of finding compatible Indian dating options.

Be clear about what you want

Communication is key, especially when it comes to online dating. Are you looking for a casual relationship? Something more serious? Are you only interested in dating fellow desi? Making all that clear right away will help you attract the kind of people you’re looking for.

Use your profile to full advantage

At eharmony, we believe in the value of a detailed profile. Which is why we encourage you to take your time filling yours and offer prompts in case you get stuck. Your profile is how potential partners get to know you, so don’t be shy! Include aspects specific to your heritage and culture, or talk about the traditions and values that are important to you.

Ask your friends and family to help

Given how important family is, it’s worth asking yours to join you on your Indian dating journey. Many Indian parents still struggle with letting their children make their own dating choices and letting them see you’re using a dating app that prioritizes compatibility and finding a serious relationship may make it easier on both them and you.

Take it slow

One of the best parts of online dating, even if it isn’t an Indian dating site or app specifically, is the ability to take things at your own pace. You might both share a heritage, but that’s just a starting point – there’s so many other things that will determine whether you make a good match. It’s worth taking the time to really get to known each other before you decide whether this rishtaa will work out.

Tips for navigating Indian dating culture

While India is diverse enough that you can’t really generalize about Indian dating culture, a few tips on dating as an Indian:

Keep at least the first few dates public

Traditional values are important to many Indian singles. Sticking to public dates (museum visits, picnics, comedy shows or plays) can signal to both your date and their family that you respect their values and your shared culture.

Don’t worry about distance 

The best part about online dating is that you don’t have to be in the same location. Don’t be put off by a match in Dallas when you’re in New York – you never know where you might find someone who’s just right for you. And with eharmony’s secure, private messaging system? You can get to know them in the privacy and comfort of your own home.

Have the serious conversations

Americans of Indian origin in the US come from many different places and backgrounds, meaning that there can often be culture clashes. It’s important to be sure you’re on the same page, especially if you’re looking for a lasting relationship.

Mix tradition and modernity in your search for love

Dating as an Indian can feel complicated, or like you’re never going to find someone who values the same things you do. At eharmony, we’ve got decades of experience bringing like-minded people of every ethnicity together. Regardless of whether you’re looking for someone of the same background or just seeing what the possibilities for Indian dating are, we can help. So sign up for eharmony and take your first steps towards happiness today.

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