"Stalking" potential dates online and ending a relationship
via email are becoming dating norms for Australasian women,
according to a snapshot of online activity here.
An AVG Technologies survey of women in Australia, New Zealand
and the Pacific Islands found that 20 per cent investigated
potential dates on social media with one in five cancelling
dates because of what they uncovered.
Questionable habits were not restricted to women seeking
partners - of the 64 per cent of respondents in a long-term
relationship, a quarter said they read their partner's emails
and texts and nearly one in 10 would break up with someone
Rick Davis, manager of New Zealand dating website,
FindSomeone, was unsurprised by the data and said taboos
around using online tools for dating have "all but vanished".
"With information being so easy to find on the internet, we
think it's only natural that someone would use search engines
and social media to seek more information on a potential
suitor," he told the Herald.
"I wouldn't go so far as to call it 'stalking', but I would
be surprised if most people weren't doing their due diligence
using the tools available online, especially if they're using
an online dating service ... doing some research on another
person plays quite a big role in the dating scene."
Mr Davies said it was not just women who researched their
dates: "Blokes unsurprisingly are more visual creatures and
put more time into browsing photos, and not as much time
reading all the detail as ladies often will. Men are also
found online in greater numbers and more frequently when it
comes to finding love."
The site has 75,000 members.
- Morgan Tait of the New Zealand Herald