Dating Women are doing their dating homework

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Women are doing their dating homework

Since it first burst onto the scene in the form of MySpace, social media has rapidly encroached on all areas of our lives. Today, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Digg and Friendfeed (to name but a few of the many channels consuming our attention) provide the perfect vehicles to document our lives, publishing our successes and failures for all to see. And, just as the modern-day employer will trawl the web for evidence of any misdemeanours performed by a potential new employee, so too it seems are single women turning to the web to swat up on their future dates.

A digital dating survey conducted by the experts over at found that nearly half of single women research a partner on Facebook before the first date. In contrast, just 38% of men felt the need to go online before meeting face to face, with 49% believing researching someone prior to a first date is unacceptable.

A woman’s obsession with her Facebook feed doesn’t stop there. The same survey revealed 26% would ‘clean up’ their wall before accepting a friend request from a potential date and 38% would cancel a date because of something they found while researching their date.

Interestingly, however, the majority of singles aren’t yet using Facebook to find or propagate a date. According to Dr Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist and chief scientific adviser to sexting is the modern way to find a mate — with 32% of singles admitting to sending a sext whilst 51% say they’ve received one.

“Young people have to reproduce, have to pass on their DNA,” she says, and “sexting is like a peacock shimmering its tail feathers.”

The good news is, when it comes to texting, 90% of singles agree it’s not, repeat NOT okay to break up via SMS.

Have you used Facebook to research dates online? What kind of information would turn you on… or off?

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