Gone are the days where we would jump blindly into a date with a new person. In most cases today, if you are about to go on a date with someone new— whether you met them online, at the gym, at the grocery store, etc.— the time leading up to the date consists of research. It might sound a little paranoid and creepy, however it’s usually a good idea to at least search this new prospect on Facebook or Google.

By no means should you obsess over this and endlessly dig to find every single possible detail about this person you are about to go on a date with. After all, dating is all about getting to know a new person, you don’t want to take the fun out of the actual experience by doing too much digging.

However, it is not a bad idea to at least type your date’s name into Google and take a look at what comes up. Unfortunately, there is always a chance that your date could have a questionable past that you might not want to get involved with. If you see a lot of concerning things you don’t like, you can save your time and cancel. You could also search them on Facebook or other social media platforms.

Dating is almost always a leap a faith— that’s the fun of it. However, that doesn’t mean we have to waste our time— or worse, put ourselves into a possibly dangerous situation— on dates that we could’ve avoided in the first place. We live in a world of advanced and amazing technology. It doesn’t hurt to put that technology to use and find a little information first, rather than jumping into something blindly.

So should you do a background check on your date? The answer is yes— but don’t get too paranoid and dig too deep, you don’t want to cross the line into creepy stalking.