by Sabrina Cohen
We live in a world where it’s common to divulge our entire lives online. With all that info just a click away, “internet investigation” is growing among today’s tech-savvy dating demographic. It’s a slippery slope from mild curiosity to cyber-stalking creepster. Before you go digging up your Meetmoi date’s dirty deets à la Sherlock Holmes, consider the following:
1) ARE YOU CURIOUS OR CREEPY?
CURIOUS — You do a quick Google search to make sure the person hasn’t been on America’s Most Wanted.
CREEPY — Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn, oh my! You comb every social media outlet, flip through public FB photos, and even check their mom’s/dad’s page to gauge what they’ll look like in 30 years.
Dig with intention. Check the sex offender registry instead of randomly eyeing his/her Facebook page.
2) DIDN’T CURIOSITY KILL THE CHEMISTRY?
Too much digging will just leave you covered in dirt. Whatever you find could get lost in translation and create false impressions. No one is perfect.
Technology is already doing a number on romance. Let’s not help it along. I personally prefer a little mystery. Get to know someone the old-fashioned way — in person.
3) IS YOUR QUEST ABOUT BEING IN THE KNOW OR IN CONTROL?
Love is always risky. No amount of online info will give you the full story. Your best bet is to use the one tool even those geniuses at Google can’t replicate — your GUT!
In most cases, the real risk is outing your sneaky self on the date, ruining a potential match, and looking like THE REAL lunatic.
Sabrina Cohen is a blogger, copywriter, and creative consultant for MarketSmiths.com.