Can you look at the text messages on your partner’s phone? Do you ever wonder if you need to — and is your spouse with you looking in their own texts, OK?
A 2012 study found that about two-thirds of participants admitted to looking through a spouse’s private messages, such as texts and social networking websites on their phone. To put it differently, these people had assessed the mobiles or social networking sites of a partner without that person’s approval.
With checking your partner’s personal correspondence, the risk that comes is that you may find substance ambiguous. However jealousy is experienced by us, it’s a purpose–protecting or defending our relationships from people who may be attempting to steal our partner.
So what kinds of information found on a partner’s telephone? Psychology suggests that dangers experience jealousy in different ways, and motivate people to a relationship. Because this introduces a threat to the offspring’s paternity men become more covetous of infidelity. Girls become covetous of infidelity because this could pose a threat to the devotion of their partner who supplies them with tools such as security or food. This gender difference in jealousy response was demonstrated in a classic study by Buss, Larsen and Western (1992) where female and male participants read situations involving psychological and sexual infidelity, and were asked how covetous each situation created them feel. The investigators found that men were more likely to report jealousy in response to the scenario, and girls more likely to report jealousy in response to the emotional scenario.
Jealousy Goes Mobile
That so many people admit to checking a partner’s phone, can it be the case that men and women react to different kinds of messages–people comprising content as opposed to those containing sexual content? A clever study investigated this notion by introducing participants with four imagined text messages that included either emotional or sexual content. The number and participants ‘fixations’ duration to each text message were listed using an machine. The researchers hypothesized that when people pay attention to stimuli, and because women and men become jealous as a result of distinct kinds of infidelity, they cover various amounts of focus on messages containing either emotional or sexual content.
Researchers also asked participants to indicate that message they would find most distressing if they were to find it although this wasn’t an essential part of the analysis.
The study done by appspy.net found that the amount of fixations was higher for women than for men who watched the message; than did men, women also spent looking at the emotional message. For the sexual encounter, the reverse pattern was detected: Men fixated more about this message than women, and spent more time than girls did studying this message.
Assess Your Partner’s Phone?
Why is it that people feel the need to check, or even have access to their partner’s mobile? The bad news: A 2013 survey, conducted with a mobile phone insurance policy site, of nearly 2,400 respondents in the United Kingdom who had discovered the infidelity of their partner, or who’d been unfaithful themselves, found that in 41 percent of cases the unfaithful behaviour had come to light through evidence revealed on a cell phone. The next way where adultery was discovered was via a social networking website. This research was motivated by a rise in claims relating to damaged telephone handsets10 percent of those questioned said their phone had become busted after being dropped or thrown after an argument.
These studies show that people routinely assess their spouse’s phones. That is with good motivation: People do not want to waste time being with a cheat.