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Final Word: Search engines taking fun out of dating

Have you Googled something lately?

Probably.

OK, maybe you didn't use Google.com, but you likely typed something into your search engine of choice to find it on the Web. Isn't it amazing how quickly THAT became the way we get information?

Google turns 15 this month.

In 15 years, the company went from filing paperwork to incorporate to becoming the industry standard for finding stuff. Any stuff.

And if you haven't Googled yourself, you might be amazed at what's out there. It makes you wonder if there are any secrets left.

A writer at Nerve.com described himself as a Google "stalker."

He said that he never goes out on a date without first Googling the woman. Thus, he knows everything about them. There are no secrets. And no strangers. "Every date is like a movie based on a book I have already read."

I don't know about you, but this sounds pretty boring. And what if something your date says doesn't jibe with his or her online google profile? You might not trust that person anymore and what if it's the online profile that's wrong?

And what about the idea of just MEETING someone NEW? Are we so scared these days that we don't want to?

I, for one, am really glad I am not dating right now. Not only was I a terrible dater, I am not quite up to speed on all the social media ramifications.

But mostly I don't want to be judged for something I might not actually be because you read something online. It's like being judged on something that someone who doesn't even know you SAYS about you to someone you haven't met yet.

About the Author


Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.

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