Safety is a major concern in American culture, especially when it comes to dating. Couples are increasingly meeting through dating services instead of through familiar outlets, such as friends, so more Americans are meeting in public. Indian culture dictates that men and women do not interact with each other if they do not know each other. When dating, the couple already knows each other and is more comfortable with the safety of the date. In India, approximately 80 percent of marriages are still arranged and couples do not date until the the arrangement has been made.
In American culture, it is perfectly acceptable to play the field and date several people at once. Dating is just as much of a social outing as it is a means to meet a prospective mate. In East Indian cultures, monogamy among married couples is the standard and dating is not typically allowed until a marriage has been agreed to. Most Indian people only date this one person their whole lives. Exceptions are made in larger, more westernized cities such as Delhi and Mumbai where males and females have more interaction with each other before marriage.
In most American dating cultures, promiscuity is the social norm. Women feel increasing pressure to carry on intimate relationships with men they do not intend to marry, and these relationships, though not highly prized, are socially acceptable. In East Indian dating cultures, promiscuity is extremely taboo and even limited encounters between males and females is strictly reserved for marriage. Most Indians maintain their chastity until they are married or face ostracism by the community as well as parents.
Online dating has become increasingly popular in American culture. Many men and women sign up for dating sites as a means of meeting someone they are more compatible with but might not have otherwise run into in their daily lives. A recent report mentions that more than 30 percent of Americans look for potential and compatible mates online. Indian dating communities are more geared toward matrimony than casual dating or compatibility.