A staggering 69.3% of Australians have admitted to cyber-stalking a date before meeting them, according to an independent survey of over 1,500 Australians conducted on behalf of casual dating site ForgetDinner.com.au.
It seems women are the most curious snoops with 73.4% claiming it to be an important part of dating. Ladies should be on guard while social networking too, as 61.2% of men are also prone to snooping pre-date.
Howard James, spokesperson for ForgetDinner.com.au says, “According to the research, Australians are fast becoming private e-vestigators and it appears as though ‘social media stalking’ has in fact become an integral part of the dating game. 58% of Aussies say that they wouldn’t even be offended if they found out they had been e-snooped prior to a date.”
Whilst 55.2% fear a potential romantic partner seeing something they don’t like about them online, just 44.8% actually edit online profiles accordingly.
So how can we manage our online lives to represent us in the right way to potential dates? Mr. James has the following tips on how to ensure your online reputation doesn't detriment your dating life:
1. Choose your mug shot carefully
First impressions are crucial. The internet may have changed a lot in the fickle world of casual dating, but this age old wisdom continues to hold true. A picture says a thousand words, so carefully consider what yours says about you.
2. Avoid aggressive online behaviour
The web can be unforgiving and is often out of your control. Hasty status updates and embarrassing photos might seem like an appropriate or hilarious idea at the time, but once something has been sent into the webosphere it can be very difficult to take back. If you think there’s a chance you might regret posting something later, don’t post it.
3. Never over-share
This might seem a little ironic as the person doing the stalking should surely be highly appreciative of the failing itself. But should you detail the exhausting extent of your passionate political views for all to see? Or check in every time you change suburb? Definitely not. The broader suggestion is striking an idyllic balance between sharing enough to garner interest while maintaining some level of mystery.
Mr. James explains, “There’s no denying that the online profile is an increasingly integral part of the dating game. It’s important however to keep an open mind (and heart) when e-snooping, as those unpredictable butterfly-in-stomach type feelings can often surprise us when we finally meet in the flesh.”
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