SURVEY: 81% Google Or Facebook First Dates

More than four out of every five people in their 20s either Google a person or check out the individuals's Facebook profile before a first date.

More than four out of every five people in their 20s either Google a person or check out the individuals’s Facebook profile before a first date.

That comes from San Francisco radio station Alice @97.3, which doesn’t clarify whether it conducted the survey or another entity did. Also missing: How many people participated in the poll.

Regardless of how scientifically precise this survey might have been, it still provides some helpful insights. Like the fact that 47 percent of survey respondents have changed their Facebook profiles to make themselves seem more “mysterious” to a prospective date.

I’d love to know the gender split for that answer, but suspect more women than men try to make themselves look mysterious because it jibes with the straight-chick dating advice book The Rules.

Meanwhile, Alice’s survey found that one out of every ten people say they usually know “everything” about a prospective first date before meeting in person. (I do that, to the fullest extent possible, and recommend that tactic highly.)

Some of the other findings have nothing to do with Facebook other than the fact that insufficient research about people before meeting face to face probably explains why survey respondents have resorted to borderline rudeness to end bad dates early:

  • 64 percent have faked being sick or having a headache to escape;
  • 28 percent have faked work emergencies; 33 percent had friends call with phony emergencies;
  • and nine percent have snuck away while a date was in the bathroom.

With the exception of the statistics on escaping bad dates, I bet the other findings in the survey might ring true with people in their 30s and possibly 40s — but I bet the older crowd more thoroughly researches prospects before meeting in person. And this practice will probably gain popularity over time too.

To what extent do these survey findings resonate with you?