Spying on one’s partner seems like a depth only a small fraction of women would stoop to.
However, it turns out that 43 percent of women admit to having spied on their significant others. That’s the conclusion U.K. surveillance equipment specialist Online Spy Shop reached after the company interviewed over 1,000 men and women on the subject.
Some 58 percent of those women say they just don’t trust their partners, compared to just 21 percent of men who admitted to feeling that way. And their snooping methods weren’t just confined to your run of the mill sifting through texts and instant messages, which by the way 40 percent of women admit to doing.
Nineteen percent of women said they actually called their men while they were out, 18 percent logged into their partner’s social media accounts, 16 percent went into their GPS histories and 13 percent admitted to reading through their emails. On the flip side, 41 percent of the women surveyed claimed they never spied on their partners at all.
Marriage therapist Paul Hokemeyer, Ph.D. explains that the one common thread linking women who spy on their partners is suspicion.
“People who snoop look for confirmation that their partner is up to no good,” says Hokemeyer. “Just like a successful prosecutor needs hard evidence to convict a person suspected of a crime, a snooper feels they need more than just their intuition to prove their partner is untrustworthy.”