Survey shows 1 in 5 people guilty of snooping

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A new survey conducted by Sprint and Lockout, a mobile security system, found that one in five people are guilty of snooping through someone's phone. Out of those people who were surveyed, 38 percent said they were snooping on a spouse and 24 percent said they were snooping on friends.

"I have friends that go through text messages and emails and Facebook especially. They always find something they don't want to see and it can always be explained away," Mallorie Mackernan said.

Jennifer Prohaska, an assistant clinical professor at the University of Kansas Hospital said our urge to snoop is only human.

"Trust issues have been around for a really long time. Now, when we have the advent of the smart phone it just makes it so much easier to have trust issues," she said.

In the end, the victims of snooping said it only caused more harm than good.

"I've had that happen to me and if felt horrible and I feel like there should be trust whether it's a just a first date or a spouse," Douglas Kivet said.

Prohaska said poking around on someone's smart phone could end up damaging relationships.

"When you start snooping on people's phones people lose respect for each other. They stop trusting each other and then they actually stop communicating with each other as well," she said.

Experts say the best think you can do is lock your phone. There are security systems such as Avast, Lookout and TrustGo that will secure you information on your phone.

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