It’d be great to think that couples everywhere were perfectly trusting of each other, but in reality, it’s not always the case.
Sadly, a large amount of people in relationships are prone to jealousy and mistrust, and some damning new statistics have been revealed which reflect pretty badly on couples everywhere.
500 people in relationships were surveyed by OnePoll – to mark the release of new movie Unforgettable – and a hefty 38% of people admitted that they often checked their partner’s private messages to test their loyalty.
It’s the younger generation that are guiltiest of doing this too, with 47% of people between 18 and 24 admitted to checking them on a regular basis.
Weirdly, a surprisingly high 9% of couples also admitted to messaging someone in their partner’s phonebook to ask about the nature of their relationship.
Thought that was bad? 6% admitted to ‘catfishing’ their partners, and trying to lure them into relationships with other people in a test of loyalty, which is pretty mad…
Plenty of people engaged in old-fashioned Facebook stalking too, with 24% of people admitting to checking out an ex’s new partner online after breaking up.
Relationship expert Eden Blackman spoke about the results, saying: “You have to allow yourself time to grieve at the end of a long term relationship, particularly if the decision to end it was not yours.
“It is important to give yourself the time to come to terms with it but equally don’t dwell on what could have been, be positive and think of what can be. The results clearly show just how difficult it can be for some to let go and how relevant this type of storyline is.”
It’s pretty damning data, and might just make you think twice about sneaking a look at your partner’s private messages in future.
Unforgettable is released in UK cinemas on Friday.