More than one-third of millennials in relationships read their partner’s texts and emails weekly without permission, according to a new study. This sneaky behavior raises the real question of whether millennials’ relationships are built on a solid foundation of trust. Among millennials, the urge to take a surreptitious peek at a partner’s communications appears too great an urge to resist. While about one-quarter (23%) of all US adults surveyed admitted to reading a significant other’s texts, that figure was 37% among 18- to 34-year-olds.
Similarly, 37% of millennials looked at a partner’s social media accounts, while just 23% of total adults did the same. A higher number of millennials (31%) perused their romantic interest’s emails, compared with 22% of overall adults.
Unsurprisingly, those ages 55 and older looked at their partner’s digital correspondence at much lower levels than other age groups.
Millennials were also more predisposed to breaking up over text. YouGov found that 33% of millennials had ended a relationship via SMS, compared with 11% of those ages 35 to 54. Only 1% of those 55 or older admitted to a digital Dear John letter.
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