Retrevo Study Finds Mobile Devices, Digital Tools Are Increasing Instances of Marital Snooping

Although no one really needed to see a study confirming what most of us can already logically assume, a new report from Retrevo indicates that mobile devices and the digital age in general are increasing the practice of “spouse snooping” – that is, checking up on your partner to see what he or she may secretly be doing.

According to the study’s findings, more than one-third (37%) of married survey respondents admitted to digital snooping.

Survey participants were drawn from 1,000 online individuals.

“More than a third of respondents (33%) admitted to checking a boyfriend’s or girlfriends email or call history on the sly,” Retrevo says. “Slightly more married couples snoop on their spouses (37%) and an even larger number of parents spy on their kids (37%). The number of parents snooping is highest among parents of teenagers with 60% snooping on their kids and possibly for good reason as 14% of those parents reported finding something they were concerned about.”

Retrevo also found that the overall number of people under 25 checking their boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s emails or call history rose from 38% in 2010 to 47% in 2011.

“Women continue to be a bit more suspicious than men. The number of women saying they checked their partner’s email or call history without them knowing rose from 24% to 35%,” the study showed.

To learn more about the interesting findings of the Retrevo report, click here.