Have you thought about what dating would have been like before the internet, google searches and facebook? Your abilities to do any background research would be incredibly limited. It would mean you wouldn’t be able to see if you were wasting your time or not with things like is the person interested in your gender or are they unavailable. The only way to find these things out would be friends or friends of friends and if it was a person who didn’t have a connection with you through mutual acquaintances you were pretty much screwed.
On the other hand it could have been better, a sort of intrigue would be established and sustained for longer, and you wouldn’t have access to the plethora of information that comes along with internet research. Do you really need to know that in 2007 your prospect was the goalie for their hockey team which made the semi finals? Or that the person dated someone around this time last year and they were known as the cute couple? Or even that you both like the same music taste? Surely the internet and our infallible thirst for knowledge is having a negative impact on dating, even if it is only if you have to act surprised when you crush goes on about how much they love Cold Chisel… It feels like we are sacrificing the discovery phase in favour for ensuring all (seemingly more difficult) criteria is met.