Parents conduct background checks via Facebook

June 27, 2011 5:52:29 PM PDT
Technology is making it possible for you to find out a lot about the people who are around your family. Have you done a background check on someone or maybe someone has done one on you?

When you arrange a play date for your kids, you're probably going to undergo a background check.

A new survey by shows nearly half of all parents have used Facebook to check up on fellow parents and parents who own iPhones are the most active.

If you're a teenager and your date's dad owns an iPhone... well, good luck!

"20 percent of these iPhone parents are going to use Facebook to do some background checking. So the image of the father standing there sternly looking at the boy who is going to be dating his daughter, now a days that is probably done on Facebook," said Jennifer Jacobson from

The survey was done for Retrevo, an electronics review and shopping site.

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