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Final Word: Search engines taking fun out of dating

Have you Googled something lately?


OK, maybe you didn't use, 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 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

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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