Snooping, in a security context, is the unauthorized access to another person’s or company’s data. Snooping can include casual observance of an e-mail that appears on another’s computer screen or watching what someone else is typing. And this snooping, in a more “relational” context (by romantic partners via email and cell phone for example) is on the rise, according to a Retrevo Gadgetology Report via MC. Overall, 33% of respondents said they had checked the email or call history of someone they were dating without them knowing in 2011, up 43% from 23% in 2010. Almost half (47%) of respondents younger than 25 (GenY) have engaged in this type of electronic snooping, up 24% from 38% a year earlier.
Forty-one percent of women admit to having checked the email/call history of a romantic partner or spouse, 28% higher than the 32% of men who have done so. The number of parents snooping is highest among parents of teenagers: 60% is snooping on their kids and possibly for good reason: 14% of those parents reported finding something they were concerned about.
So… Gen Y is fond of snooping. But their parents and mostly their moms, even more….
About the Data
The data for this report came from a study of online individuals conducted exclusively for Retrevo in June of 2011 by an independent panel. The sample size more than 1,000 distributed across gender, age, income and location in the United States.