Googling An Ex? Pew Study Finds Online Snooping Rising

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The rise of social media appears to be giving a boost to number of people using the web to cyber-spy on former flames.

A new survey from the Pew Internet Project spells out exactly how search engines like Google and social networking sites like Facebook, are allowing people to keep tabs easily on former partners and scout romantic interests.

As Forbes reports, nearly “a quarter of internet users (24%) admit to conducting an online search for information about someone they’ve dated in the past. That’s up from 11% who copped to it in 2005.”

Among those currently in the dating scene, 38% say they’ve used a search engine to look up an ex.

On social media, the practice is going strong as well with “one in three [saying] they’ve sifted a former flame’s profile or updates for nuggets of news.”

Read the story @ Forbes.