Study Says Couples Often Track SMS Without Permission
30% of People are Sneaking a Peak At Their Partner's Messages.
According to a study, 37% of millenial couples are likely to track SMS messages from their partners at some point during their relationship.
The same study suggests that the percentage of millenials is far higher than older generations. This seems to suggest a change in the way younger generations are less understanding of each other’s privacy rights.
The study comes from polling organization YouGov. In their study, YouGov polled a total of 1,100 individuals, asking whether invididuals had ever tried to track SMS messages, emails, or IM messages from their partner’s smartphones at least once per week. Shockingly, 37% of the millenials in the study confirmed that they did indeed spy on their partner’s messages at least once per week.
As the generations grew older, the respect for privacy seemed to increase. Only 25% of 35 to 54 year olds admitted to trying to track SMS messages from their partners, whilst only 10% of those 55 and older said they checked up on their partner’s messages every now and then.
Mirroring the stats above, the number of people that were concerned about their privacy when accessing an online device only increased as their age did. As an example, only 15% of 18-24 year olds felt concerned about their privacy whilst browsing online. On the flip side, 35% of 55-64 year olds were concerned for their privacy, and 38% of 65 and overs were privacy-conscious whilst online.
It’s become abundantly clear that with the rapid adoption of smartphone usage has come a breakdown of the walls that used to surround our privacy rights. It’s as if the younger generations are now seeing less value in our privacy rights.
The study also seems to suggest that millenials are less likely to trust their partner than older generations are.
In regards to the study, eMarketer Senior Analyst Mark Dolliver mentioned that, “It’s only a matter of time before there’s an app that leaves telltale lipstick on one’s collar, so it shouldn’t surprise us if millennials are rummaging through one another’s would-be private communications in the meantime.”
Despite the increase in SMS tracking and smartphone monitoring done between couples of the younger generation, it doesn’t make it right. Breaching somebody’s privacy rights is still no less morally wrong than it was 20 years ago.
As a result, couples are encouraged to talk to each other about how eachother access their online accounts. Whilst trust is important in a relationship, both partners should feel comfortable enough to share private messages between their friends without the threat of having those messages being read by their partner.
In other news, despite the questionable legality of tracking your partner’s SMS messages, it’s been revealed that the CIA have been using tools to track American citizens via smartphones, home security systems, and smart TVs.
With such privacy breaches happening by top government organizations, it’s no surprise that close to 40% of millenials will no longer respect their partner’s privacy rights. This is an epidemic that is happening right in front of us, and this privacy-less version of society is only going to be more integrated into our society as smartphone and internet adoption increases.