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Searching for your ex-flame online?

One out of four people log on to social networking sites to search for their childhood sweetheart, a recent study has revealed. However, only four per cent want to rekindle the romance.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2009 19:32 IST

Most people look for their long lost love on the Internet, a new survey has found. The study found that one out of four people are using social networking sites like Searcing for your ex-flame online?Facebook to search a childhood sweetheart.

Search engine Ask Jeeves claims that nine per cent even confessed trying to know details of a one-night stand. Thirty seven per cent said they wanted to learn about their ex to just "see what they were doing these days," reports the Sun. However, only four per cent wanted to rekindle the romance.

Twenty per cent apparently ignored an emailed request to break the ice with long-lost former boyfriend or girlfriend. Surprisingly, four per cent even looked for former flame to just inform them how happy they were without them, while three per cent searched to find out how miserable their ex were.

Apart from searching for previous lovers the poll also suggested that a trend of 'vanity searching,' which means looking for yourself on the net, has become increasingly popular. In fact, 59 per cent admitted they had typed in their own name, with the men apparently doing it more than women.

The survey claimed two thirds of men compared to just over half of women did vanity searching.