DON'T GOOGLE HIM!
HOW THE INTERNET COULD BE RUINING YOUR RELATIONSHIP
Oh, technology. You’ve got so much for us! Because of you, we could buy a designer dress from Italy, sell an unwanted present to someone in the US, and Instagram our latest meal to a friend in Poland— all while dressed in our pyjamas. But the Internet has created lots of new complications in our lives, too.
The latest of these has been dubbed ‘ pre- dating’, a term used to describe Googling a potential partner before you actually have the chance to date. It’s a cheeky temptation that can
potentially derail a romance before you’ve even chosen the venue for your hot date.
And it’s increasingly common. A survey by match. com in the US revealed that 49% of women would cancel a first date because of something they found when looking up a date online.
“My friends Google potential dates more than they would admit,” says Amrita, a 20- year- old university student from Delhi. “It’s taken for granted how much of your private information is out there, and until you search, you don’t realise how easy it is to access.”
But while checking a potential new BF’s career history on LinkedIn— or having a sneaky snoop around his Facebook profile— can offer some conversation starters ( maybe he’s a huge Tarantino movie buff, just like you), experts agree most of the time it’s downright detrimental.
Here are five reasons not to do a sneaky pre- date Google: