With the aid of the Internet, it’s very easy to
stalk find out about people. Knowing the name of someone often means you can look up quite a bit about that person. The stalkers can now use reverse stalking by misrepresenting themselves (“My favorite band is *obscure band found on that person’s Facebook profile*. Yours is too? No wai!”). Potential roommates can find out that candidate A likes keg stands, is unable to have a photograph taken without holding a beer, and is going to die of cirrhosis of the liver by age 30. Employers can find out that applicant B was actually fired for trying watching monkey porn in his cubicle.
Unfortunately, that takes all the fun out of it. For instance, I’ve never really met the people who live in the apartment above me. Judging by the sound, it appears to be two dozen females, wearing high heels, at least two of whom train elephants. One of them is always drunk and falling down. Another makes loud moaning noises to embarrass the others. If I were to look up the real info, I’d probably be disappointed, finding out it’s just a male, a female, and a tiny dog, and they’re not even into bestiality.