(Emma Nay) Remember back in the day when you had a little crush on someone and you wanted to get to know him or her more? First, you had to build up the courage to ask them out on a date and hope that they say yes. Second, if you’re lucky enough for them to say yes, then you had to think about where you wanted to take them for your first date. Last, but not least, you had to come up with some ideas to keep a decent conversation going with them the whole time. (Hopefully, you found your date to be very compatible and you two eventually blossomed into a wonderful relationship.)
Well, thanks to social media, people get the opportunity to get to someone before they even get a chance to talk take them out, or even meet them for the first time. People can easily get to know a person’s interests through social media sites like Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter, assuming that their pages aren’t private.
If you were to look at my Facebook page, you could easily find some of my favorite bands and movies, what sports I play, my political views, the fact that I enjoy video games, and the fact that I’m obsessed with Jeep Wranglers. Although, my information may be different than most, many other Facebook and other social media users post just about the same amount of information on their pages.
As fun as it is taking a look at your crush’s Facebook or other social media sites, I feel like it kind of takes the fun out of the first date. Looking through all of their information, their tagged pictures, and recent tweets can spoil valuable time you could be spending getting to know the person one-on-one. Maybe it would be best to save the Facebook “stalking” until after you get to know the person.