Facebook and Twitter used to suss out prospective dates

Sixty-five percent of men read their prospective partner’s ‘About’ section on Facebook.
Sixty-five percent of men read their prospective partner’s ‘About’ section on Facebook. Contributed

BE careful what you post on social media.

That is the warning after a recent survey by AVG Technologies which found a third of the single men are using Facebook and Twitter to find out more about their dates.

Sixty-five percent of men read their prospective partner's 'About' section and other comments with 15 percent responding that they have cancelled dates because of something they found out about the person on social media.

Michael McKinnon, Security Advisor at AVG Technologies said to review your social media privacy settings on a regular basis.

"All sorts of strangers - from dates to prospective employers - view your social media accounts. So it's worth taking a moment to think carefully before you post and to regularly review your own profile and privacy settings," Mr McKinnon said.

In their personal lives, 75 percent of respondents were in long term relationships.

The survey revealed how our attitudes to privacy are being played out in our online lives.

Only 17 percent of men, compared to 25 percent of the women who responded to the survey, read their partner's emails and text messages.

68 per cent of employed respondents use a mobile device, either theirs or company owned, in the workplace; 62 percent of those said that mobile devices make it harder to keep their home and work lives apart.

"Our message of 'think before you click' seems to be getting some traction," he said.

"Of the 28 percent that use the same devices for work and personal use, more than 38 per cent reported they are being more cautious about what they download."


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