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Technology has progressed so rapidly over the last few decades, it's almost impossible to imagine what life was like just a generation ago. Although it sounds crazy now, snooping on a new girlfriend used to require more than checking her Facebook profile, where she's spent years publicly expressing her life and opinions. In fact, verifying information or finding out about her exes required difficult detective work.
1. The Social Network
We don't mean Mark Zuckerberg's. Before Facebook, you'd have to actually talk to people to get information. Maybe your brother's friend's sister's cousin knew her in high school and said she's a crazy conspiracy theorist. But then you heard from someone else that your brother's friend's sister's cousin is just totally jealous. Gossip is as unreliable as it is unmanly. Aren't you glad you don't have to talk to people anymore?
2. Old Yearbooks
If you wanted to find out what she was like, who she was friends with or who she used to date, you'd have to track down her yearbook. (Those signatures inside the covers would tell you everything.) If you were lucky, it was in her apartment. If not, you had to break into her parents' house at night.
3. Classic Surveillance
If you wanted to know what your girlfriend was doing at night, you'd have to get a fake mustache and follow her in a rented car like you were on a stakeout. These days, you can just wait 'til her friends tag her in some drunken duck face photos.
4. Private Investigator
A Google search is free, but guys used to pay good money for that kind of information. Whereas googling someone is no big deal, hiring a private investigator would immediately make you a creep. The best outcome would be the plot of "There's Something About Mary": The P.I. falls in love with her, the girl hates you both and ends up dating Brett Favre.
+ For more on snooping, watch "Girl Code" tonight at 10:30/9:30c on MTV.