The Sneaky Dating Trick You Need to Know About If You Want to Land a Sugar Daddy


How many times have you been in this sce­nario: you meet a hand­some older man, the two of you instantly hit it off, you even go out on a great date, and then you boot it home to look him up online? If this sounds like some­thing you would do, you’re not alone. It turns out that a lot of other sin­gles are guilty of doing the same thing. And there’s a good chance that even if you’ve only just started dat­ing a new older man, you’ve been searched, too.

Almost three-quarters (72%) of the 2,046 Amer­i­cans polled admit­ted to doing an online search on a part­ner they were dat­ing, or con­sid­er­ing dat­ing, to see if they could find any hid­den dirt. The first stop would be an online search engine, at least for 68% of the respon­dents, while 64% would rely on social media.

When asked exactly what they were look­ing for, more than half of the respon­dents (58%) said they were search­ing for infor­ma­tion on past rela­tion­ships. Almost half (45%) were just try­ing to feel more con­fi­dent about their deci­sion to date the per­son, while a third (31%) wanted to find out if there are any mutual friends to pre­sum­ably get more information.

These num­bers go for both men and women, which means that while you’re scop­ing out a poten­tial sugar daddy online, he’s prob­a­bly doing the same for you. So, if you’re on the mar­ket for a new man, you might want to do a search on your­self, just to see what’s out there—if you can find it, there’s a very good chance that he can too.

If your poten­tial sugar daddy doesn’t hop on Google as soon as you start dat­ing, there are a few red flags you might be putting up that may prompt him to do some back­ground research before let­ting the rela­tion­ship progress any fur­ther. Be wary of these things, which, accord­ing to the sur­vey, would make some­one sus­pi­cious about the per­son they were dat­ing: receiv­ing calls or text mes­sages at odd hours, increas­ingly work­ing late, act­ing more sex­u­ally dis­con­nected, and hid­ing or lock­ing your cell phone.

Online research is prov­ing to be a pretty effec­tive tool for eval­u­at­ing a rela­tion­ship. Almost a third (30%) of the sur­vey respon­dents would just end the rela­tion­ship, no ques­tions asked, if they found signs of cheat­ing in their search results.

What do you think: Do you usu­ally do a back­ground search on a poten­tial sugar daddy before dat­ing him?


“72% of Amer­i­cans Search Before They Date,” Spokeo web site;, last accessed Octo­ber 23, 2013.