Ah, the humble survey. It’s where we find out the most ridiculous facts about humanity. It’s also good for really obvious life tips – like selfies during a date are good, but emails are bad. So bad.
Don’t send emails on dates.
This latest survey comes to us courtesy of Huawei, and honed in on what we really think about mobile phone use in the world of dating.
Over 70 per cent of Aussie singles say it’s perfectly okay to use your mobile phone on a date, but it really does depend what it is for.
A third of people would take a selfie on a solo (27 per cent) or group date (35 per cent). But maybe don’t read an email – only 14 per cent reckon it’s okay and I think even they are wrong.
44.5 per cent say it’s fine to show photos captured on your smartphone, and a third say it’s also okay to Google something. If you’re doing it to prove a point maybe just let it go though and enjoy your date?
Some bad news for the Instagrammers among us (welp) – only 12 per cent of respondents said it was acceptable to take a photo of your meal. Those 12 per cent clearly haven’t seen the beauty that is my Instagram feed, and weren’t my type anyway so what do I care.
So that’s the date itself sorted – what do people think of pre-date social media stalking? It is absolutely necessary or just plain creepy?
85 per cent of people are right – they agree with me that it’s basic “due diligence” – after all, who wants to end up on a date with a misogynistic racist twat when their Twitter feed could alert you beforehand? (Did I just find the only good reason for Twitter? I think I did.)
80 per cent of respondents said they check out people before meeting, and 45 per cent do a ‘lil browse afterwards, too. Eight per cent – otherwise known as my heroes – actually check them out online while they are on the date.
Let’s hear it for the eight per cent, folks.