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Getting caught in the 'web' of love

By Priyanka Joshi in Mumbai
June 04, 2009 10:59 IST
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Technology may just get you love, or so it seems according to a new report from internet security firm Symantec which reveals that more than a third of adults have used the web to flirt. The 45 million active internet users in India have been steadily using the web to socialise with people.

"Nearly 83 per cent Indians have an online friend. Netizens are fast opening up to newer technologies such as instant messaging, social networking and texting that are being used to strengthen relationships to keep kids, parents and grandparents connected," David Freer, vice- president (consumer business -- APAC & Japan), Symantec, told Business Standard.

Around 37 per cent Indians have rekindled romantic relationships. Males tend to have more online friends than females do. Seventy per cent internet users in India even use webcams and visit social networking sites.

Freer, however, cautions those looking for easy relationships over the web, "The internet can be a great place to find romance, but don't forget the basics of safety and security apply to the virtual world as much as to the physical world."

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