While many of us worry about protecting our private information from large corporations like Google and Apple, the reality is that those closest to us are more likely to care about our emails, calling and browsing history than some corporate Big Brother. According to a new study by electronics review and shopping site Retrevo, 30% of all the men in this study and 35% of women have ever checked the email or call history of someone they are dating. For married couples, those numbers are slightly higher (32% for men and 41% for women) and – no surprise – parents are just as likely to spy on their kids (37%) as they are to spy on each other.
Overall, these numbers are up significantly from last year, too. While the number of people spying on each other has risen, though, the number of those who actually reported that they discovered someone cheating only rose slightly. Either that’s a good thing and means that people are less likely to cheat on each other, or people just got better at covering their tracks.
As for tracking spouses and family members by using their phones GPS feature, most people say they would never sink this low (68%), but a good number of respondents (20%) did say they would use this feature if they became suspicious of their spouses or partners. When it comes to their kids, though, most parents have very little issues with tracking them, though. Just under 60% of parents would happily use GPS technology to track their offspring.