Poll: Is it okay to e-snoop on a love interest?

Aug 29, 2012

"First impressions via Facebook aren’t accurate or fair."

Has temptation gotten the best of you? Has suspicion led you to sift through your significant other’s emails, texts, voicemails and social sites?

More women than men say that's alright, according to a survey by Harris Interactive.

The survey found  37 percent of women are fine with “e-snooping” when they suspect "bad behavior," while only 29 percent of men agreed. Harris Interactive conducted the survey by looking at the behaviors and preferences of 2,258 adults across the country. 

“I don’t think it’s okay for couples to spy on each other. It will just create more problems in the future,” said Elise Vergith, interviewed on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University near Tacoma by KPLU.

Electronic stalking

“E-snooping” doesn’t need to go as far sneaking around your significant other’s back, especially when it is so common for people to post their personal information and thoughts online on the wide range of social sites.

Forty-three percent of men and 54 percent of women were likely to electronically stalk their dates before going out with them according to a survey released by eHarmony last month.

When we asked a person in Tacoma what her thoughts were on “Facebook-stalking” before a first date she answered with a chuckle:

“I did that the other day!” Courtney Hook said, adding, “it’s probably better to wait until after the first date. First impressions via Facebook aren’t accurate or fair.”

What about after a break up?

A Western Ontario University masters’ thesis found that 88 percent of people admit to stalking their exes on Facebook after a breakup.