43% of Singles Have Googled Someone on the Internet Before a First Date

Aug 03, 2005, 01:00 ET from It's Just Lunch

    TROY, Mich., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- You can do everything on the internet
 -- pay bills, shop, buy movie tickets and even find out information about your
 date.  According to It's Just Lunch, the premier dating service for busy
 professionals, who conducted a survey of 1,167 singles, 43% of singles have
 Googled someone on the internet before a first date.  When asked if they would
 be offended if their date Googled them -- 88% of singles said, "No way, I
 Googled them too."
     Although the internet has changed the way we communicate, singles still
 prefer old fashioned etiquette when it comes to asking someone out on a date.
 80% of singles will set up the initial first date by phone when they are fixed
 up by friends.  16% of singles admit to asking their date out over instant
 messenger and 11% of singles have text messaged their date.  77% of single men
 believe that just because technology is advanced, it doesn't mean that they
 will stray from the old fashioned way of asking someone on a date.
     After the first date, singles will still use the phone to follow up, but
 only if they are interested.  56% of singles will call after the first date if
 they are interested in seeing their date again.  If sparks don't fly however,
 technology has come in handy.  If they are not interested in a 2nd date, email
 has become the much easier way to let someone down.  27% of single men and 39%
 of single women would rather send an email telling their date they don't want
 to see them again because they don't have to see the rejection on their date's
 face that they aren't interested in pursuing the relationship.
     Be careful with the information you do include in emails, it could result
 in no 2nd dates.  23% of East Coast men and 45% of West Coast men have gotten
 in trouble from an email they sent about their date that was forwarded to that
 person.  However, 97% of women never write personal information in emails
 because they know that anyone can get their hands on that email.
     It's Just Lunch Dating Etiquette:
     1.  Never ask someone out on a first date by email, instant messenger or
         text message.  A phone call is always in order.
     2.  Emails relating to dating should be brief, upbeat and fun.
     3.  It's ok to correspond using email regarding your plans for a date,
         where you will go, time etc., but always confirm the date by phone --
         it's much more personal.
     4.  It's always nice to hear from someone after a date.  If you plan to
         see them again, a phone call and email is nice.  If you are not
         planning another date, a short, nice email is appropriate.
     5.  Never discuss your personal life by email.  Remember -- emails can be
         forwarded or read by others.  (8% of singles have read their dates'
         personal emails.)
     6.  Don't discuss friends you might have in common via email -- especially
         anything negative.
     7.  If you've gone out with someone and they are not returning your
         emails, consider that person not interested.  Don't push and
         understand that he/she is probably not interested.  Move on.
     8.  Don't recap details about your date on email with your friends.  (22%
         of singles send personal emails on their work email account ...
         remember your boss can read that.)
     9.  If you are not interested in seeing someone again, don't give out your
         email.  Be straight forward at the end of the date and tell them there
         is no chemistry, but it was great meeting them.
     10. Don't give out a phony email address -- that just isn't a nice thing
         to do.
     About It's Just Lunch
     Since It's Just Lunch was founded in 1991, the company has arranged
 millions of fun, first date lunches or drinks after work -- an atmosphere
 where singles can feel comfortable with the process of meeting a new person.
 With over 80 locations worldwide, each day IJL arranges hundreds of fun, first
 dates over lunch or drinks after work at over 1,100 restaurants.  With many
 introductions leading to second dates, It's Just Lunch is the world's leading
 first date authority.
     Check out the "It's Just Lunch Guide to Dating in America" for more tips
 on dating and lists of the hot spots in 70 cities across the country.
     The U.S. dating industry is estimated at nearly $1.5 billion, and growing
 at 25% annually, with 110 million single adults in the United States alone.
     For additional information, log on to http://www.itsjustlunch.com

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