Should You Google Your Date?

June 4, 2012  |  


By Erika Ettin

In this day and age, almost everyone has an online footprint… even grandma. And whether through Google, LinkedIn, or Facebook, it’s easy enough to track someone’s entire life in 15 minutes or less. When it comes to dating, the temptation to search before a first date is strong. To Google or not to Google? That is the question.

When it comes down to it, it’s hard to resist the urge to Google or Facebook your date once you have his or her full name staring you in the face, yelling, “Search me! Search me!” I’m not going to tell you that you can’t look. (Who wouldn’t?) But no matter what you find, try your hardest not to create a firm impression of this person in your mind before you meet.

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  • YES. One dude came at me talking about his ex. Something was weird the way he spoke of ‘her’. I googled. His ex…is not a biological female!! Nothing personal but I don’t date bisexual men!!! Ladies use google to your advantage. Trust -then verify!!

  • Editor

    I wish I would have before getting involved with my last boyfriend! We had mutual friends and it seemed that everything he told me checked out. Only later, when I searched his company’s website to order a book and I didn’t find his name anywhere there listing him as the owner or even an employee, did I Google him (and www dot pipl dot com is a great resource, too) and I found out all of his lies. I’m still numb over the hurt from his lies just to get me to go out with him, and how me made a fool of me once I had fallen in love with him (the fake version of him).
    Google is a free tool– use it!

  • Ladybug94

    Absolutely. Too much craziness going on in the world.

  • Treacle234

    For sure, using Google is a free service so why not.

  • jason vorhees

    I dont see anything wrong with it but there are 2 sides to the coin. FALSE information is the other side of that coin. After a horrid divorce from my ex wife she went to a very famous “male bashing” date site. Basically the site is for women to tell other women about their “no good dude”. Well shortly after the gavel was banged 2 days later she sent me a short email telling me to go look up my name on the site and see all the BS that she put up. There was a LAUNDRY LIST of lies in there. The first and the craziest to me was that she stated we were married with children. This was AFTER the divorce and we had no kids. Mind you the listing went up 2 days AFTER the divorce. So yea i say google them and if you find things, just talk to the person. You never know if a scorned and bitter ex might be trying to sabotage their “digital footprint” in the world.

  • Rah Truth

    Heck yeah! And, hire a private investigator to check him out before marriage. It couldn’t hurt!

  • Stanley

    Why not?