MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Do you think it’s OK to snoop through your partner’s phone? A new study looked into why people snoop and the impact on relationships.
Researchers from the University of British Columbia, Canada and the University of Lisbon, Portugal recruited 102 people and asked them to recall past situations where they accessed the phone of someone they know.READ MORE: Pat Kessler: 'Will We Ever Shake Hands Again?'
Out of the 46 participants who provided information about relationship outcomes, 21 said a relationship ended because of snooping.
The researchers say the phone owners felt their trust was betrayed, while another reason was the relationship wasn’t strong to begin with.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: Vulnerable Residents Crossing State Lines For Vaccine
If the relationship survived the snooping, it was because the friendship was mostly solid and the victim excused the behavior.
Some participants who looked through phones said they did so because of jealousy, the desire to control relationships with others, financial gain, or some just wanted to pull a prank.MORE NEWS: How Do You Get Picked For Jury Duty?