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UK researchers have revealed that one out of three women use various search and communication tools to scope out new boyfriends, blind dates and potential partners.

As reported by Fiona Macgregor in the aptly named Scotsman newspaper, “The UK poll of 3,000 people by Onetel, a broadband provider, found women were far more likely to admit to snooping than men, with just half the number of males confessing they had sneaked a look at their partners’ text messages.”

Scottish detectives also note an increase in the number of cases referred to them that began with a woman entering the name of a prospective love-interest into a search engine. Macgregor quotes private investigator Stephen Grant who said he had dealt with more women than men in such cases. “I don’t know if that is because men are more philandering or women are more suspicious. With Internet searches, we get people in the early days of a relationship coming to us after they have found things out – perhaps that a person is married – and they want us to confirm that.”

While some might think being a decent person is enough to counter bad PR about oneself that might show up on the web, the sheer volume of random information accumulated about most web-workers online can be astounding.

For many, a search on their name can produce a lot of difficult to contextualize results. It is not difficult to see how more than one person has lost more than one date when incriminating information about a stranger who happens share the same name frightened away prospective partners. For instance, an image search on my name produces a crazy looking guy in a US mid-west church parking lot with a chainsaw. ’nuff said.

Jim Hedger is the SEO Manager of StepForth Search Engine Placement Inc. Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, StepForth is the result of the consolidation of BraveArt Website Management, Promotion Experts, and Phoenix Creative Works, and has provided professional search engine placement and management services since 1997. http://www.stepforth.com/ Tel – 250-385-1190 Toll Free – 877-385-5526 Fax – 250-385-1198

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About Jim Hedger
Jim Hedger works with Metamend Search Engine Marketing as a SEO Consultant, lead copywriter and head blog writer. Jim has been involved in the SEO field since the days of the dinosaurs and felt he had lost a personal friend when Disney went "ol' Yeller" on Infoseek. Over the course of his career, Jim has gotten drunk with Jeeves the Butler, tossed sticks to that sock-puppet dog from Pets.com and come out of a staring contest with Googlebot confidently declaring a tie. When not traveling between conferences, Jim lives with a perpetually annoyed cat named Hypertext in the Pacific techno-outport of Victoria British Columbia. WebProNews Writer
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