How Many Members Have Googled a Date?

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Magnifying glass on a white backgroundIn a time where 50% of people in the UK and Ireland have a Facebook account, it is easier than ever to find out about your date via social media and a via a simple Google search.

Whether you should investigate your date online is a matter of personal preference – some people find it to be creepy, while others think that it is just another way of reassuring yourself that your date is who they say they are.

We wanted to find out just how many people welcomed the idea and how many people did not, so we conducted a survey on the Muddy Matches website to investigate.

Have you ever Googled a date?

In a recent survey, we asked our members ‘Have you ever Googled a date?’ and were surprised to see that just 25% of respondents had indeed Googled their date.

Would you mind if your date Googled you?

We were also surprised to find out that most people wouldn’t mind being the subject of such a search themselves. Only 15% of men and 41% of women said that they would mind if their date had Googled them.

In terms of location, people from Northern Ireland were the most likely to mind being Googled, with 75% saying that they wouldn’t like their date to have looked them up online before meeting up. On the other hand, 80% of members from Eire said that they wouldn’t mind it if their date Googled them.

People in their 40s were the most accommodating of the idea, with 73% saying that they wouldn’t mind. However, in the over 70s category, 100% of respondents said that they would not be happy for their date to check out their online presence.

How to Google your date

If you do decide to Google your date, the best way to go about it you can use any personal information that they have disclosed to you in conversation; whether that is their email address, their full name or where they live. Sometimes a full name is enough to find someone online, however, if your date has a common name, you will need to provide more information to find out more about them.