Sex + Relationships

To Snoop or Not to Snoop

I snoop, you snoop, we all snoop! Come on, I’m sure many of you have done it in the past – maybe once … or twice – am I right? While snooping is not something to be proud of, take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone. Men and women alike have the tendency to snoop through their partner’s phone when their respective other shows signs of infidelity. Or might I suggest that curiosity or jealousy may have something to do with it. It’s only natural to want to know the unknown – especially when you suspect your boo or gal of cheating. And let’s face it – an unattended cell phone just sitting on the coffee table can seem like it’s practically calling your name.

So imagine this scenario: You and your partner are chilling in your apartment. Your partner has left for a moment to go to the bathroom or get something to eat, and you see they have left their phone behind. Do you let temptation and curiosity get the best of you and snoop — or trust your partner and leave the phone alone?

And another interesting question: Who’s more likely to snoop — men or women?

If you guessed women — you’re wrong!

A new survey by Mobile Phone Checker, a UK based cell phone outlet, shows that men are more likely than women to secretly snoop through their partner’s phone. Of the 2,081 adults in a relationship who were surveyed, 62% of men and 34% of women admitted to snooping, and the most common motivation was suspected infidelity. For the most part, snoopers were checking to see if their significant other had been talking to someone else, either romantically or sexually. Eighty-nine percent of those surveyed cited this motivation and 48% said they had actually found evidence of cheating as a result.

However, one of the more interesting parts of the study is how many people actually confronted their partner after snooping. (And this is tough because it requires you to admit to the snoop and risk being known as “the snooper.”) The study showed that 59% of women said they would confront their partner about what they found, while 63% of men said they would much rather stay quiet.

So what did people say they would do if they had been one on the receiving end of a snoop? The study found that 31% of people would end the relationship.

If put into any of these situations, what would you do? Feel free to sound off in the comments!

By Gilmarie Perea-Ruiz

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