I stayed busy over the weekend, researching articles, trying
to find the best gossip and news for the end-of-season holiday interim. But
then, I heard a story.
One of my good friends, who shall remain nameless, found out she was Google-searched prior to a recent date!
She insisted her unobtrusive date meant nothing by the
search and, most interestingly of all, based off the advice of a certain
Sound familiar? That’d be because the plot came from the season 7-slammer, Mystery vs. History, of How I Met Your Mother.
Sure, the Internet makes background-checks more familiar and
routine. I’ve faced interviews with stacks of Facebook photos and old high
school essays myself, but dates? However
well meaning the gentleman in question, it raises the dilemma: should you Google-search
your next date, or significant other?
More importantly, should you tell them about it?
Let’s take a closer look at the episode.
Ted insists he doesn’t need to Google-search his upcoming date with Janet McIntyre for topic ideas, in spite of his pushy friends, should he accidentally happen upon her deepest and darkest. He, understandably, wants to get to know her for her personality, not her personal history.
But did the resource-lack keep him from holding an interesting
conversation? Probably as much as using
the net does, later, when he gives in to temptation and discovers Janet accomplished
much in her short career life. Knowing he broke their deal based on his
demeanor, Janet stops seeing Ted and continues waiting for the person who won’t
see her for her progress.
Ted’s own plan failed, though for a lackluster reason
compared to discovering she was an ex-con or something like. Lesson learned for
the architect and, perhaps, my friend’s prospect: if you lack a conversation
topic, just watch a program or see a movie! Or question why you want to see
said date in the first place.
Reading some blog articles wouldn’t be a bad idea, either.