Weird things men do before going on a date

Elite Daily‘s pre-date confessionals, here’s an odd admission — this time from “Lucas” — who said he does a bit of cyber-sleuthing ahead of any new rendezvous. “The scary part of online dating is, you never know who you’re going out with,” Lucas lamented. “I’ve had so many bros who were scammed and ended up going out with a girl who catfished them or who was off-her-rocker crazy. I do a quick Google search before the date, and if I find out anything bad, like she was arrested or seems strange, I cancel right before.”

This is a bad idea for several reasons, one of which being that it’s impossible to gauge a romantic spark online, according to Eli J. Finkel, a professor of psychology at Northwestern University, who shared the findings of his online dating research with Glamour.

“You’re trying to suss out: Will this person and I have a connection? Actually, there is no evidence that we can assess that online,” Finkel said, adding, “You think you know what you want, but what you really need is to sit across from each other and get a beer.”

The bottom line? Don’t be like Lucas or his bros, and don’t make Google the third wheel on your first date.

 

This article originally appeared on thelist.com

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