When Gmail was down yesterday, we kind of panicked here in the YourTango office. No email? No Gchat? It felt like time had stopped. OK, it was down for 15 minutes, on and off, but it felt like a lot longer since our lives revolve around the internet. And let's face it: Google — for better or worse — affects our relationships in a zillion ways. But there was a time not too long ago (even though it feels like ages ago) when Google (stalking) didn't even exist. Let's look back at what's changed since Google hit the dating scene.
1. Pre-Date Screening
Where he works, what he looks like, even his Klout score are available to you at the click of a button before you meet him, thanks to Google. Sure you can feel like a creep when you find yourself viewing his high school football stats or laughing at an article he wrote for his college newspaper, but doing a quick check at his search results can give you some insight into his interests and his past. Just don't get too wrapped up in the search engine — it won't tell you everything. You'll have to hear his Donald Trump impression in real life to understand how funny he really is. And, just like some guys seem good on paper, some can look better on Google too.
2. Google Stalking the New Guy
Should you still Google stalk your love interest after you've hung out with him a few times? A new study from BrandYourself found that 43% of U.S. adults have searched potential dates, significant others, or exes. Even though so many of us are doing it, some see searching him online as a curse. I think of it as a necesscity. After seeing my spring break fling's mugshot pop up on my screen, I will always vote yes, Google the guy you just met no matter how sweet he seemed. More on that one another time..
3. Less Privacy For You
The internet can make it feel like you're dating in small town: Misconceptions and glimpses into the past are easy to come by. Not only can you see his opinions and whereabouts with a quick Google search, he can also see yours. Things that used to be hidden in drawers or boxes under your bed, from pictures of you and your ex on vacation to that wedding dress you just pinned, are now out in the open. Keep Reading...
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