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A Third Of Brits Admit To Checking Partner's Social Media Accounts

A Third Of Brits Admit To Checking Partner's Social Media Accounts

Social media could be causing more issues within relationships than ever during lockdown, it has emerged.

According to a new survey, as many as 30 per cent of adults questioned said that they thought inappropriate messaging on social media had worsened since the pandemic begun.

Meanwhile, one in four people admitted to having checked their partner's socials at least once during lockdown - and several of those who hadn't still admitted they had checked before.

Yep, in total, one in three of those surveyed admitted they have checked their partner's social media at some point throughout their relationship.

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Thats a lot of snooping.

Lockdown could be prompting people to stray from their partners on social media (Credit: Shutterstock)
Lockdown could be prompting people to stray from their partners on social media (Credit: Shutterstock)

The survey, conducted by law firm, Wright Hassall, also discovered that as many as 44 per cent of adults said they would contemplate ending their relationship if they discovered any incriminating messages on their partner's phone.

It comes after the divorce firm saw a 31 per cent increase in the number of divorce cases it was seeing since lockdown began in March of last year.

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The Citizens advice Bureau has backed up this insight too, stating that views on its divorce webpage on the first September weekend were up 25 per cent compared with the same date in 2019.

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When quizzed on the main reason they sent flirty messages to others, couples said that the top reason they reached out was to feel desired by someone else (43 per cent), followed by feeling unhappy in their current relationship (40 per cent).

Are you snooping on your partner over lockdown? (Credit: HBO)
Are you snooping on your partner over lockdown? (Credit: HBO)

We guess that after months trapped alone with your other half - or worse still, ripped apart - it's not surprising that some couples have started to look elsewhere.

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Dal Heran, Family Lawyer at the divorce firm, says: "Whilst social media and advances within technology are helpful to those in long-distance relationships, it also makes it easier for partners to communicate online with other people.

"It is not only easier for that contact to be made but for people to check what their partner is up to and who they are talking to, which could contribute to feelings of mistrust or paranoia.

Arguing during lockdown could be pushing couples apart (Credit: Shutterstock)
Arguing during lockdown could be pushing couples apart (Credit: Shutterstock)

"We're currently experiencing an increase in divorce enquiries which as research suggests could be being partially driven by people being tempted to go astray by the development of online relationships and flirtations.

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"Couples are reporting a surge in arguments and mental health is, in many cases, suffering. This could be leaving many adults contemplating their relationships, especially as the pandemic has been shown to exacerbate existing marital issues further."

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Topics: Sex and Relationships, Life

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