An Indian mother’s love affair with an online dating app was so great that she would buy a $1 million computer to use to stay online.
“I was so scared of the internet,” she says.
“But I was also scared of my child and I thought, if I’m not careful, I’m going to lose my job.
And then I got married.”
Today, this mother-of-two lives in a $10 million luxury apartment in Manhattan.
She says her children and grandchildren have grown up using the app.
“My oldest has now turned 12.
I’m still doing things in my house, but she’s not using it anymore,” she said.
“And now she has to take the children to school and she has no internet.”
While Indian families are increasingly accessing online dating apps, it is also a new phenomenon in the United States, where many parents have not even used an internet connection for more than two years.
While India is not a developing country, its population of over 4.5 billion has seen its internet use grow faster than the U.S. The trend is happening even though the Indian government has set a target of 100 percent penetration of the country’s internet by 2020.
And the government has been working on an internet access strategy, with more than $1 billion set aside for broadband and fibre optic networks.
But while India is in the midst of a $5 billion internet upgrade, many American parents are not even considering connecting their kids to the internet.
“We’re not going to go to the grocery store and buy them a $20 bill,” said Lisa, a mother in New Jersey who asked that her last name not be used because she does not want to risk losing her job.
“We’re going to pay for it.”
Lisa and her husband, who are both teachers, bought the $1.2 million computer for their 3-year-old daughter, who has autism.
“It was the perfect gift,” Lisa said.
“She has an autism spectrum disorder, so she can’t communicate,” said her husband.
“She was crying all the time, and she’s very, very sensitive.”
Lisa said her daughter was also frustrated at the lack of communication.
“When we would get a text message or a call, we would send it back, and it would be just like, ‘No, you don’t need to see this.'”
Lisa said she didn’t know what to do, so her daughter used her iPhone to surf the internet until she was bored.
“At that point, I told her, ‘Let’s go to a website,'” Lisa said, pointing to her daughter’s iPad.
“Because the website wasn’t there, she didn