Do you ever get the feeling that someone is watching you? You might be right, according to a new study released today by East Carolina University.
The study, which survey over 800 students, showed that a third (33%) of female respondents had broken into or read their partner's emails on more than one occasion. And although men were less likely to break into their parner's email accounts, they were more likely to use spy cameras, GPS devices, and spyware to monitor their partner's whereabouts and activities.
“I've casually looked at my partner's emails before,” said Shelby Burke, an engineer in Torrance. “I don't feel like he should be worried unless he has something to hide – in which case, I want to know about it.”
The survey also showed that women were more likely than men to check on their partner's Facebook activities and cellphone records. However, 3% of men responding to the survey admitted to hiding a camera in their partner's room, while 5% use cell phone tracking software to monitor their lover's location. "Only a small fraction of men used GPS technology in this way, but we were still shocked," said Dr. Sloan Burke, the study author.
Gene Tippits, a IT security consultant based in Los Angeles, is less surprised. “Guys tend to be gadget hounds, so it's not surprising they are using technology more than women to spy on their partners.”