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Take a look at the person next to you – on the subway, in the bar, walking down the sidewalk, or even in the next stall. It doesn’t matter where. Statistically, one of you has used some form of social media to creep on an ex. The other is probably a liar.
That’s what a new study by The Pew Research Center has recently discovered. The study shows that 47% of people aged 18-29 who use social media have admitted to “checking up” on an old flame through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or some other form of social media.
The study also finds that only 31% of people in the same group admit to posting details or pictures about a date. To make that stat even more confusing, the study found that twenty-somethings are also 5% more likely to flirt (read: Tinder) than they are to keep close tabs on an ex.
Whatever the reasons, the obvious takeaway from this study is that half of EVERYONE has admittedly gone Facebook stalking at one point or another. I won’t lie to you; I’ve done it too. What I will say is that the general rule is that nothing good will come of it. If you happen to be the exception to this rule, kindly keep it to yourself so the rest of us can stay grounded in reality.
I’m serious though, creeping on your ex will only bring you more tears, jealousy or anger. Don’t do it. You’re better off accidentally landing yourself a Humpday Hookup Story than you are pining over past loves. Look to your future, grasshopper!
There’s always a reason people in your past didn’t make it to your future. Let sleeping dogs lie, go forth, and swipe right.
[via The Atlantic]