DALLAS—If you suspect your partner may be cheating, you might be compelled to snoop on them. But before you sneak a peak at their phone, consider the consequences.
"For me it would probably be a relationship ender," said Allyson Cook, of Dallas.
"I would have a hard time with that because it would mean there is something inherently wrong with our relationship because he doesn't trust me," said Cook's friend, Courtney Wendell.
An online gadget review site Retrevo.com commissioned a study that found more than one-third of people have glanced at their significant others' texts or emails without them knowing.
For people under 25, the rate was 38%. It was 36% for married adults of any age.
"It would raise a flag of insecurity with me probably, I'd think why is she insecure about that. I've given her no reason," said Brad Monk.
Melissa Powell is a marriage and family therapist, who's seen this issue come up with her clients. She says be careful because if they find out, that kind of damage to a relationship can be hard to undo.
"It could definitely make a lack of trust that is going to be hard to rebuild and so you want to think about that before you put your relationship in jeopardy," Powell said.
She says snooping could backfire in more ways than one.
"If you're constantly expecting someone to cheat on you or go behind your back or do something wrong, they might end up doing it because you're expecting it, so they might as well," she said.