Flirting by Text Message, Indians Test Social Limits
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 01/04/2008 12:29
In this romantically corseted society, Ashish Chettri is as close as you get to a Don Juan.
He is an irrepressible flirt: a skirt chaser who claims to pursue three women at a time, a loquacious utterer of compliments, a ceaseless seeker of dates.
And that is just with his thumbs.
Like many Indians today, Mr. Chettri is a solely cellular Casanova: a suitor who flirts brazenly by text message, but rarely, if ever, in person.
Text messages have become an integral part of courtships in many countries. But the short messaging service, or SMS, is proving particularly revolutionary in India, where it is paving a way for the young to maneuver around deep-rooted barriers to premarital mingling.