More men in the UK check a partner's mobile phone without their permission compared to women, a new survey found.
The survey was conducted by www.mobilephonechecker.co.uk on 2,081 UK adults currently in a relationship.
About 62% of the men said they had looked through a current or ex-partner's mobile phone without their knowledge while only 34% of the women admit to the same.
According to the survey, 89% of the respondents said the main reason for mobile snooping is to check if their partner had been talking to others in a romantic or sexual context.
The Telegraph reported the survey findings which said 52% of those asked admitted that they knew the passcode or password needed to access their partner's phone.
About 48% of the respondents admitted to phone snooping and said they found evidence of infidelity, with text messages and direct Facebook messages.
www.mobilephonechecker.co.uk director Adam Cable was quoted by the Telegraph as saying that no one can deny that it's hard to resist looking at a partner's phone if the opportunity arises to have a sneaky peek.
"Our findings reveal a pretty surprising trend of snooping in the U.K. though, particularly amongst men -- which may be a sign that mobiles are either making it more difficult for couples to build trust in a relationship, or simply making it easier for people to spy on their partner's actions," Cable said.
"Whatever the motivation may be for this behaviour, I now can't help but wonder just how many take their phones to the toilet with them to avoid being snooped on. Let's just hope they wash their hands after!"
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