Written All Over Your Facebook
Sometime after the invitation and the initial date, you've done it. Typed your date's name into Google and Facebook and snooped into whatever you found there. (And let's be honest, if you know anything about his or her family, friends, or exes, you probably checked them out, too). But is what you find going to help or hurt your dating chances?
I don't think it's dangerous, but it does kind of take a little of the thrill out of getting to know each other. Plus, you have to do that fake look of surprise when they tell you something you shouldn't have known, but stumbled upon on the web. And there is always the possibility that you'll find out something that prejudices you against your date before you really get to know them. You learn facts without context, and that can be unfair. So maybe it is best to get to know each other the old-fashioned way.
Googling is just the modern way to checking out someone's story; it's no different than asking around to your friends and mutual acquaintances to figure out if they're an ax murderer or not. It makes me feel safer about seeing a complete stranger if I know where they work, where they're from, and whether they have an ex-spouse or a prison record. I mean, would you rather find out your hot new prospect is on the sexual offenders lists before or after your first date?
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