Quarter of women snoop online, says reportPoll says 28% of women spy on partners online

28 January 2009

Over a quarter of women have used the internet to secretly spy on their other half, according to research released today by Virgin Media.

With almost nine out of 10 Brits surfing the internet daily and the expansion of social networking, emailing and instant messaging,
it’s never been easier for women to snoop on their loved ones, leading to the rise of an ‘iSpy generation,’ according to Virgin Media.

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Virgin Media commissioned the research to coincide with the national roll-out of its 50Mb broadband service. 

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According to the Virgin study, women are almost twice as likely as men to spy on their partners using the internet.

The under-35s lead online snooping, says Virgin Media. The survey found that 64% of this age group have looked at either a partner’s online communication or internet history without their knowledge.

In the poll, Yorkshire leads the way as the nation’s most insecure area with 30% of the county’s couples admitting to spying on each other via the internet, closely followed by those in the south of England (26%) and the North-East (25%).


In contrast, the Scots appear to be the most comfortable in their relationships with the lowest rate of online spying, at 15%.

Ashley Stockwell, Virgin Media's managing director of brand and marketing, said: 'The internet has transformed the way we communicate and conversations can span the globe in a split second. 

'The fact that so many people use the internet to keep in contact with friends, start romantic relationships and even spy on their partners, is a fascinating insight into the way we live our lives in the 21st century.'

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