Is it OK to Snoop into Your Honey's E-Mail?

Is it OK to Snoop into Your Honey's E-Mail?

Taryn Williford
Apr 15, 2010

As each new social network catches on to the mainstream, we're putting more of our lives online and on the record for anyone to see. Sure, you can set privacy settings. But more networks means more brain space is taken up and it's more likely that you'll absentmindedly leave yourself logged in on a computer you share with a roommate or significant other. Nick Bilton of the New York Times' Bits Blog talked with ABC's Diane Sawyer about whether or not it's OK to snoop.

In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer about tech etiquette in the digital era, New York Times blogger Nick Bilton set it straight so we can call off the dogs on snoopy behavior:

I told Ms. Sawyer that it's important for couples to have their own personal identities online, but that can change when it comes to questions of infidelity. In a situation where someone suspects the significant other of being unfaithful, snooping is justified.

Of course, etiquette is a subjective—well, subject. It's up to interpretation and different between distinctive nations, cultures and even each couple's relationship.

Having snooped once or twice myself and found what I'll call "objectionable content" in e-mail and Facebook messages, I can see how a tech expert like Bilton would say snooping because you suspect infidelity is justified. And since I have nothing to hide, I wouldn't slight him if I caught my S.O. snooping.

But I also understand that privacy is cherished and it's critical to respect important values in a relationship. So we want to know what you think, readers. Is it ever OK to snoop around in your honey's digital world?

Via NYTimes

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