Voucher Codes Pro found that Brits spend a lot of time stalking stranger’s social media profiles. 81% of respondents said that they regularly look at stranger's profiles online via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The average time spent doing this was 14 minutes each day which means a total of 86 hours or 3.5 days are spent cyber stalking people whom they don't know!
The most interesting form of stalking is of ex’s new love interests, which 72% were guilty of.
‘When I first found that my ex was dating I wanted to know if I was prettier than her. Unfortunately, she was, she had a better job too and it made me feel awful!’
Others were more preoccupied with their own love lives and were stalking attractive people for their potential next mate, 64%.
Others that could border on being paranoid looked at their partner’s friends and family, 48%, to check that they don't have any hot friends that they didn’t know about.
The temptation becomes too much when we get to know our work colleagues in a professional manner, however, the curiosity to find out what happens in their lives after the clock strikes 5pm is enough to get us talking them in the evenings, 27%.
The smallest percentage was for people who have similar interests as you, found through Facebook groupings for example.
Of those who checked on their ex partner’s love interests, 66% of them were women.
‘I have been broken up with by ex for three years now and although I have never befriended him on Facebook, I still have a sneaky look every now and again to make sure he has not got married before me!’
Men however were three times more likely to browse profiles of attractive women on a regular basis.
Those who like to keep tabs on their exs actually created fake profiles so their ex would add them and they could monitor what they were doing and who they were dating.
However, 23% who have found someone they think is quite tasty over the internet have formed meaningful relationships since.
George Charles, spokesperson for VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, made the following comments on the results of the findings:
“When first looking into this study, I must admit I didn’t expect the results to be quite so high, particularly when it came to those admitting they check their ex’s new partner profiles. Yet once one takes into account just how many romantic and platonic relationships are formed, and then finish online and over social media, it doesn’t seem as surprising.”
“I think just about everyone who has recently dealt with a break-up can appreciate how overwhelming the temptation can sometimes be not to spend hours and hours scouring the internet for information on how they are dealing with it. Having said that, it is of some concern that 14% of respondents admitted to creating fake profiles in order to “stranger stalk” on social media. I would strongly suggest some of those people log off their computers for now!”