Online Dating: Ever check up on an old flame?

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Online Dating

a sample yearbook pageThe Internet offers new ways to pursue an age-old quest: finding a suitable partner. This is particularly handy for someone in circumstances where it’s hard to meet people. But the Internet also can be used do some investigative work on relationships, old and new.

Have you ever used it to check up on an old flame?

About one of four Internet users (24%) have looked for information online about someone they used to date, according to a new Pew poll. Almost half (48%) of young Internet users (ages 18–29) have investigated old flames. About three of ten middle-age Internet users (ages 30–49) have done the same. Even members of the oldest group (65+) have used the Internet to check out old flames, about 7% or so.

The Internet also can be used to dig up information about potential dates, according to the survey. Three of ten Internet users who are single and actively looking for a partner (or have been in a relationship for fewer than 10 years) have researched potential new dates and partners.

If you (or someone you know) went on a date, how would you feel if your date posted a description or photos from the date? This is a fairly common practice, especially among young Internet users. Thirty-one percent of young Internet users have done so. This practice is rare among older Americans.

Have you (or someone you know) ever used the Internet to check up on an old flame?

Have you (or someone you know) ever researched a prospective date?

How would you feel if pictures about your date were posted online?

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