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Singletons rely on technology to approve datesPosted on: April 18, 2013 15:02:56
A study revealing the most popular ways to find love has found that as many as 20 per cent of singletons now meet their new partner online.
Not only that, but the results indicated that the technology you own and the social media you use could also influence how successful your dating life is.
Speaking to more than 5,000 singles, Match.com revealed that as many as 48 per cent of women admitted to doing some background research about their potential new partner before going on a first date, with almost half claiming they would expect to know a man's work status before meeting up.
However, not as many blokes agreed with the idea of checking up on a potential suitor, with 49 per cent stating 'pre-screening' is unacceptable in their eyes.
Writing on a forum, some guys said they thought stalking through social media to find out more about someone was intrusive, while others were more concerned about the dirt it could dig up.
One person who posted on the page said the internet is making "life hard for players", the MailOnline reports. "Ten minutes of searching gives you a pretty good idea of who you are dealing with," it added.
There is no denying that it can be beneficial to do a bit of research before a first date if you're meeting for the first time, with almost half of women polled admitting they would cancel the plans if they unearthed something untoward online.
The research by the dating website also suggested that people who owned technology such as iPhones and tablets stood a better chance of finding the one, with 45 per cent of owners going out on more first dates in 2012 than those without such hi-tech gadgets.
When it came to getting in touch after meeting up, 61 per cent of respondents said they would prefer to speak on the phone, compared to any other form of communication.
Whitney Casey, a dating expert, recommended male singletons carry out some 'selective editing' on their social media pages to avoid putting off members of the fairer sex.
"Make sure that there's nothing that would have her running for the door before even getting to meet you in person," she wrote in a blog post.
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