Trust Me: Snooping Through Your Boyfriend’s Phone Is A Bad Idea

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Put yourself in this scenario: your boyfriend leaves you alone in his room while he takes a shower. You’re sitting there doing nothing until you notice it: his cell phone. It’s just sitting there, innocently (but kind of staring at you at the same time), right next to you. And he’s in the shower, so there’s no chance he’ll walk in. And you were wondering who he was texting before. Oh, and look at that… there’s no password lock. So, what do you do?

Rewind back a few years, and I was in that exact situation… and I made a choice that I totally and completely regret now. I grabbed his phone as fast as I could to start reading every text message and to look at every incoming/outgoing call before he walked back in the door. I’m really not proud to admit it, but it’s true: I used to be a total snooper. When I was dating my first boyfriend, I was really self-conscious and jealous, and convinced that he was cheating on me, no matter what he did to prove his devotion. I thought looking at his things would help me trust him more, and instead, it only made things worse.

While my snooping started off innocently enough, it escalated pretty quickly. The very first time I looked at my BF’s phone, I didn’t find anything suspicious, which made me feel a lot better – until I started feeling horribly guilty. I swore to myself that I would never do it again, but a few weeks later, I did. Once I realized that I could probably look through his phone whenever I wanted without him realizing it, I felt powerful in a very weird way. From then on, I started snooping on a regular basis.

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I became obsessed with going through my boyfriend’s private things, and for the first few years, I never admitted it to him. The whole time, I was so worried about him being dishonest with me and meanwhile, I was the one being dishonest with him.

Everything was (relatively) fine… until I got caught. What I didn’t realize during all of my snooping was that once I found something weird in his phone, I would have to admit what I had done in order to talk to him about it. One day, I found texts from his ex-girlfriend. They were really innocent, but it didn’t matter: I had finally found something. In that moment, I wasn’t thinking clearly. I was furious and immediately confronted him.

I’ll never forget that conversation. When I asked why he was still talking to his ex, my boyfriend stared at me, confused. “How do you know that?” he asked. I started blushing like crazy and tried to make something up, but the damage was done. He looked at me in shock and said, “Jess, did you go through my phone?” He was mad, but what really got me was that he was super hurt and disappointed. He explained that he thought he could trust me enough to leave me alone in a room with his phone – and he thought that I trusted him enough not to go behind his back and check up on him.

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Despite our huge fight that day, I kept going through his phone, and we kept fighting about it. When he put a password on his cell, I thought it was shady and we fought about it. When he eventually gave in and let me look through his phone, I demanded to know the reason behind every text. And when he started looking through my phone, it only led to more fights. Towards the end of our relationship, neither of us trusted each other at all – and it was a huge reason why we broke up.

Here’s the thing about snooping: it is way too easy to misunderstand what’s going on. I can’t tell you the amount of fights me and my BF got in over a text that meant the complete opposite of what I thought. Also? No matter what your boyfriend might have done wrong, he still has the right to get mad at you for going through his phone. Looking at your boyfriend’s private things is just a fight waiting to happen.

When I broke up with that boyfriend, I promised myself I would never look through a future BF’s phone again. Now, when I feel like something shady is happening, I talk to my guy about it. I don’t go behind his back and look at his phone. There are much better ways to learn to trust someone, and snooping is definitely not one of them. I just wish I realized that a few years ago.

Do you snoop through your boyfriend’s phone? Have you ever? Would you? Do you think it’s okay? Tell us in the comments.


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  1. avatarOlive says:

    I remember the first time I looked through my boyfriend’s cell. I was curious and he was always away at work. One night he went to a bowling party and I was sleeping when he got home. I will never forget, I saw his cell when I woke up and I decided to go through his pictures to see if he had fun and I found pictures of his ex-girlfriend on his phone. I confronted him in anger and in tears then he told me his sister and her were playing with his phone while he was bowling. He lied of course. That wasn’t the end of it, I found numerous lists of girls I have known on his cell that he started close relations with and flirted hardcore with. His ex-girlfriend was included too and had a nickname on there as well to make it seem like he was talking to a dude. I found out it was her eventually. It made me feel insecure and worthless that I had to snoop to find out the truth and I hated it. I think he should of been honest with me in the first place. Snooping is bad for sure, I found out the hard way and broke each other’s trust about 3 years. We fought a lot and argued over messages, Facebook, who’s friends with who and so on. It’s not a healthy way to live if you want trust your partner. It took me a while to forgive him he continued his actions for years to come, I eventually got tired of being snoopy and let him be with his cell phone and cyber girls.

  2. avatarK Y says:

    I’m not a snooper, I promise. My boyfriend took some really silly pictures of me on his phone this one morning and I honestly just wanted to see them again. When I was alone with his phone, I took it and went through the camera roll, but what I found weren’t only pictures of me! I found three recent pictures of other girls on his phone. They weren’t female celebrities either. Finding those pictures made me really upset… Especially since I had no intentions of snooping. I, of course, confronted him about this. He lied to me and said he didn’t know what I was talking about and there were no pictures of other girls on his phone. He even went out of the way to leave the room, delete the pictures, and then come back to show me there were no pictures of other girls. This whole situation was a mess. I was incredibly hurt because he lied to me. All I wanted to know was why he had pictures of other girls on his phone. He said it was because he took screenshots of things he likes instinctively. I said okay, I believe you.
    When I asked him why he LIED about it, he answered with, “because you told me not to tell you if I was looking at other girls.” Yes, I did tell him that, but is that really a valid excuse? The whole idea of him looking at other girls does not bother me as much as him lying to me about it. The lie is what affected me. After this incident, it was really hard to trust him again. I had all of my faith in him because of the countless things he’s done to prove he’s faithful, but this one little incident damaged me a lot. I’m slowly getting over it I guess. I just wish he didn’t lie and told me the truth.

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