Dating, the internet and the CIA

Well, IFYL fans it looks like we have all become cowards when it comes to interpersonal relationships. My researchers just found this survey from a company that conducts consumer market research through social networks. They found that more than one-third of adults have broken up via Facebook, text messages or email. And 40 percent of the people surveyed said they would use technology in the future to break up, if the situation were to arise.

More than half of the people surveyed said they change their Facebook relationship status immediately after a break-up, even before telling friends or waiting until the other person changes theirs.

And here’s further proof that dating has become a full blown research project: most people surveyed said they don’t wait until they talk to their first date anymore to learn about their new love interest.

  • 57 percent friend the other person on Facebook before the date.

  • 29 percent use social media networks to research them before going out.

  • 26 percent say they use Google or Yahoo to investigate the person before the first date.

I guess there is good and bad in this because ladies…you don’t want to date a weirdo or even a stalker and so a little research is probably a terrific idea. But is this whole process just way too much intelligence-gathering for a first date.

I remember the good ‘ole days when my date didn’t find out I was a loser until the entree arrived and then I got to watch what technique she used to get out of it. Fun times!


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