Dating Service It's Just Lunch Reveals 43% of Singles Google Search Their First Date

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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, according to It’s Just Lunch dating statistics.

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:

Never ask someone out on a first date by email, instant messenger or text message. A phone call is always in order.

Emails relating to dating should be brief, upbeat and fun.

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.

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.

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.)

Don’t discuss friends you might have in common via email -- especially anything negative.

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.

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.)

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.

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 90 locations worldwide, each day IJL arranges hundreds of fun, first dates over lunch or drinks after work at over 1,500 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.

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