Stop dating your computer

Except that it would be weird to ask for someone's résumé."But is the time you spend with someone's online persona messing with what might develop in real life once you're actually together? "Too much information is detrimental," explains Amy Van Doran, a matchmaker in New York City. For that, you have to be in the moment." Still tempted to snoop? Here are a few hard-core reasons you shouldn't: Trolling online for intel can certainly help you avoid dates that were destined to go nowhere (he likes Michael Bublé?! "He was really cute and even opened my car door," she says, "but we differed so much on that issue, I couldn't go out with him again." And then she—like so many of us—crossed him off her list.

I didn't know anyone but an elevator liked Michael Bublé! But experts say Kauffmann's discovery could have had a happier ending if she'd made it face-to-face rather than face-to-Facebook.

), but it may also lead you to pass over Prince Charming, experts say."Technology makes it very easy to eliminate people on the basis of what, in the grand picture of a relationship, might end up being a pretty negligible point," says Nicole B. D., an associate professor of information at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, who explains that the treasure trove of data available via social media sites has encouraged people to treat their dating options like a shopping experience. In-person conversations allow you to take into account your date's tone of voice, body language, and facial expression—and to open yourself up to things you might dismiss online.

His cheesy emoticons may seem endearing by the time he's also showing his feelings by stroking your hand and feeding you Phish Food.Finally, if you've already fallen for a guy through online clues before going on your first date, don't expect a walking incarnation of Prince Charming.Check out the link below for the full thread over at Reddit—it has quite a few relationship tips that’ll keep you both happy.What’s the Best Relationship Advice You Have Ever Heard?Your face is illuminated by a computer screen, your body is swathed in sweatpants, and you aren't gazing so much as glaring while you fiendishly prowl Google and Facebook for every possible shred of information you can find about the man you might meet for coffee.

You're not dating yet, but you The methodology varies—some favor Linked In; others, Twitter or blogs—but a good 48 percent of women research a guy on Facebook before the first date, according to a new survey of 5,481 singles.

And he means looking into someone's eyes literally: "Eye gaze is one of the chief tools humans have used throughout evolution to gauge each other's intentions," explains Alexander; biologically, it triggers the release of neurochemicals like oxytocin, a hormone that lowers anxiety and increases our ability to get close.

Touching and having an intimate conversation can do the same.

"I start googling people as soon as I have a crush on them," admits Gigi Swift, a 28-year-old consultant in New York City.

Clicking through someone's public photos "is kind of like passing him in the hall at school," she says. evidence that we can assess that online," says Eli J. D., a professor of psychology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, whose research on online dating shows that misconceptions are rampant.

"You can basically skip the first couple of dates and go straight to Google to see whether you're compatible. She had met him—they'd gone out for dinner, over which they got excited discovering they played on the same kickball league.