Cheating men beware of mobile snooping [telecom]


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Cheating men beware of mobile snooping

  • From: AAP * June 15, 2010 2:29AM

CHEATING men listen up - suspicious girlfriends and wives are most likely checking your mobile phones, with 40 per cent of women admitting in a new survey they regularly snoop for flirty text messages.

And it seems their spying is paying off.

Nearly one quarter claim to have caught their partner 'flirtexting' with someone else via SMS or email, while 6.7 per cent of respondents revealed they'd been busted themselves.

The Telstra survey into Australia's love affair with technology, which quizzed 1,250 respondents on their mobile phone use, also found one in five people have sent a flirty text to the wrong person by mistake.

For those in a serious relationship, women are more likely to woo with their thumbs, with 41 per cent saying they engage in flirtexting compared to 30 per cent of men.

When it comes to dating, technology appears to have sounded the death-knell for real life romance.

More than half of the online respondents, aged 18-39, said it's acceptable to ask a potential lover on the first date via text message.

And mobile phones are seemingly being used to end courtships too, especially for those living in NSW, where 14 per cent of those surveyed confessed to having digitally dumped someone.

Victorians weren't far behind, with 13.5 per cent revealing they had broken up with a partner via SMS.

On the flip-side, more than half of the respondents said it wasn't okay to drop someone electronically, or even over the phone.

And the biggest flirty-text turn-offs?

Too many abbreviations (LOL, BTW, OMG, ROFL, SXC), writing in caps-lock, and the overuse of smiley faces.

The survey was conducted in the first week of June.

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