Cosmopolitan (India) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jes­sica Mon­tague

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:

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