How many people are creeping on their partner without their knowledge? A lot, it turns out.
One third of people admit they start invading their partner's privacy less than six months after they started dating, says a new survey. Sorry to women, but we’ve been outed as the sex more likely to go through their partner’s phone, ugh. Men, you’re weird too though, you admitted you like going through our purse to see what we’re carrying around. Have fun with the Tampons and lipgloss, you perv.
Why do people snoop? It’s not always distrust — some people are just a little too curious.
More than 67 percent of women currently in a relationship admitted to snooping on their partner, compared to less than half of men. While women also honed in on their significant other's call history and wallet, roughly 30 percent peeked at their partner's email, Facebook history, or web browser history.
“Even though checking on what a significant other is up to without his or her knowledge is more likely to occur at the beginning of the relationship, it may become a behavior that's hard to break. In fact, over 66 percent of married people still snooped on their spouses,” says the report.
Social media — Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter — and tech devices still rank high on the list of things people are most likely to snoop through. Nearly 50 percent of those asked snooped through their partner’s Facebook activity and nearly 57 percent of people said they'd gone through their partner's text or call history.
If snooping on a partner can be detrimental to a relationship, why do so many people do it?
For a majority of respondents, the biggest concern wasn't trust or infidelity — it was simple curiosity. “More than 56 percent of people said they snooped on their partner not because they were looking for anything in particular, but because they were naturally curious,” says the study. But nearly 36 percent of people were afraid their partner was lying, and about 27 percent thought they might be cheating.
Being open with your partner helps.
Over 66 percent of respondents shared their phone passcode with their significant other. About 48 percent shared their email passwords, and roughly 38 percent were comfortable giving out their social media passwords.
Unfortunately, a majority of people who snooped on their partners didn't regret their behavior. Compared to roughly 22 percent of people in a relationship who regretted prying into their significant other's personal life, 78 percent said they weren't sorry about deciding to snoop.
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