And now a word from your male fol­low­ers

Your so­cial me­dia is how men see you, so our GLAM­OUR Man tells us ex­actly what they’re look­ing at.

Glamour (South Africa) - - All About You -

The other night, a friend men­tioned an up­com­ing blind date with a girl we’ll call Jenny. There were a few of us at sup­per, and we were cu­ri­ous about this Jenny, so what hap­pened next? We took to our phones.

Within 30 sec­onds, we’d learnt that Jenny was an art his­tory ma­jor who owned a dog (thanks, Face­book); that she’d spent last New Year’s eve with an ex she met at a mu­sic fes­ti­val (hat tip to In­sta­gram); and that the re­la­tion­ship ended roughly six weeks ago (con­firmed by a pointed tweet about catch­ing up on The Fixer alone on a Fri­day night). Ba­si­cally, my friend knew Jenny’s en­tire life story be­fore even meet­ing her.

This is all a long way of say­ing that, in 2016, guys spend a lot of time read­ing the tea leaves of your var­i­ous so­cial me­dia pro­files, and yes, we use this in­for­ma­tion to make snap judge­ments about you – just as you do with us.

Some­times the dig­i­tal stalk­ing hap­pens be­fore we meet you, some­times af­ter, some­times when we’re try­ing to fig­ure out what you’re do­ing when you haven’t SMSED us back, but re­gard­less of when, here’s what we’re look­ing at: Whom you’ve dated, when you dated them, how long it lasted – if it’s out there, we’re get­ting to the bot­tom of it. (Men are par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in how we stack up against your exes; while ‘re­search­ing’ Jenny, we took a five-minute de­tour to her ex-boyfriend’s In­sta­gram. His shirt­less self­ies were not good news for my friend.)

Some other ques­tions we’re ask­ing: are you look­ing for a se­ri­ous re­la­tion­ship? (If we can spot ev­i­dence of more than one long-term re­la­tion­ship, we’re as­sum­ing you’re in the mar­ket for another.) Are you game for a hook-up? (Be warned: chang­ing your pro­file pic­ture to some­thing su­per at­trac­tive is code for “I just broke up with some­one, and I would like to start re­ceiv­ing at­ten­tion now.”) All of this in­flu­ences our ap­proach. to make sure that there’s no over­lap be­tween us and any­one you know (and, cru­cially, to make sure we haven’t dated that over­lap). On a per­sonal level, we’re judg­ing your friends. Es­pe­cially the one who tags ev­ery­thing #squad­goals.

“My boyfriend leaves for work su­per early ev­ery day. As I’m al­ways dead to the world, he says good­bye by plant­ing a kiss on my fore­head. It brings a smile to my face ev­ery morn­ing.”

– Sag­ina, 31

“In win­ter, when it’s re­ally frosty, I can guar­an­tee I’ll come out­side to find my hus­band has al­ready scraped the ice off my car. It al­ways makes me smile, as I’d be dread­ing hav­ing to do it. And while we’re on the cold theme, he also gets into bed be­fore I do, on my side to warm it up, as he knows how much I hate get­ting into a chilly bed!” – Rachel, 35

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