Sometimes when your significant other has left his or her mobile phone unattended, you get tempted and you can’t help but just snoop.
Major social conventions argue that snooping at someone else’s device is unethical and can lead to legal litigations that could mean a potential jail time.
Other experts argue that snooping around on other people’s devices, especially your partner’s could have a deeper implication in the psychology of a person and on his or her relationship. Snooping around is not just about trying to find out substantial information about each other, like infidelity.
Looking at your partner’s private files, like mobile devices, email accounts, and other social media platforms has a far reaching damage to your relationship than you think.
Here are the major reasons why you shouldn’t snoop around:
It can turn into an addiction
Can you remember the sensation of scratching an itch? You get a certain type of relief and comfort from it, right? Not knowing that, it doesn’t really treat anything; in fact it only makes it worse. When it worsens, you have to scratch some more to feel that relief. This becomes a vicious cycle that you get addicted in. This is just like snooping on your partner’s private things for the first time. Even if there is nothing wrong in the first place, you get hooked and you can’t stop snooping around. So, don’t do it the first time you get the chance.
You will be in an awful situation no matter the outcome
If you find nothing from your snooping around, you will feel relieved, but later on, the guilt will start to kick in. If ever, you find something you don’t like, then you have to confront your partner, and even tell him or her that you have violated a major privacy rule. These are pretty uncomfortable situations that you don’t want to get into. Instead of snooping around, it is best to talk to your partner like mature people.
If you are not trustworthy, you won’t have a trustworthy partner
You are who you attract. If you can’t be trusted with your partner’s privacy, then you will attract an untrustworthy partner. Being in a relationship requires a substantial amount of trust. You can approach your partner and tell him or her about what you truly need to feel secure.
Put confidential information in the open
Your partner might be a secret agent. Now, the secret is out if you snoop around his James Bond-like gadgets. This may be a scenario that only happens in movies, but it is always best not to snoop around because you might be putting work-related confidential information in jeopardy. To address this, it would be best to come up with rules and regulations about each other’s privacy with your partner.