Text message snooping wrecks relationships
A new survey suggests the majority of people who surreptitiously glance at their partner's text messages are in for a rude awakening.
According to an online survey by Virgin Mobile Australia, 73 percent of text checkers said they learned things they wish they hadn't, and 45 percent said they discovered information of a flirtatious and/or sexual variety.
Almost two thirds of those polled said they did their sleuthing while their partner was in the shower, which suggests that cell phones ought to be waterproof.
Or, here's a novel idea: how about actually talking about relationship issues instead?
SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Can't help checking your partner's text messages on the sly? You're not alone, with an Australian survey showing one in three mobile phone users are text message snoops, and the consequences can often be heart-breaking.
The online survey, conducted for telecoms service provider Virgin Mobile Australia, shows that women are more likely than men to check their partner's phone in secret.
It also revealed that 73 percent of these sneaky text checkers have found out things they later wished they hadn't, and 10 percent ended their relationship because of SMS snooping.
"In a society when we very rarely let our mobile phones out of our sight, it's quite amazing to think that for a lot of us the minute we jump in the shower, someone might be checking up on us," Virgin Mobile's Amber Morris said in a statement.
Slightly more than 500 mobile phone users in Australia aged between 18 and 29 were polled by a market research firm in July.