“He was logging on to my Facebook account and deleting my male friends!”
New research conducted by mobile phone insurance provider Better Buy Insurance suggests nearly two-thirds of Brits (65%) say they’d change their passwords, while nearly four in ten (38%) say they wouldn’t feel comfortable about a current partner having access to their personal accounts.
We asked subjects from our survey group to share their own experiences of social media and exchanging passwords in a relationship.
Becky from Manchester admits she wishes she’d changed her password following a recent break-up with a boyfriend.
“My ex knew my passwords to everything and when we broke up he was logging onto my Facebook and Instagram, and unfriending and unfollowing pretty much every boy I had on there,” said Becky.
“I only found out because my friends asked me why I had unfriended them, when I knew I hadn’t.
“I had a hunch it was him, so I confronted him, and he said he did it because he didn’t want me speaking to them.
“He was on my Instagram and Facebook accounts, snooping and reading all my messages, and deleting everyone for about a month before I realised.”
Sarah, who is from Sheffield, says she discovered something unexpected when snooping on a partner’s phone.
“I was in a relationship with a guy who had cheated on his ex-girlfriend with me before breaking up with her to be with me,” explains Sarah.
“A couple of months passed with no problems, I trusted him and we had a great time.
“But he eventually became a little distant and started acting the way he had when he was cheating on his ex-girlfriend.
“I approached him about it and he told me I had nothing to worry about and that I was being paranoid, but he continued to act strange.
“One day when he’d gone to the bathroom, I snooped on his phone and found that on a night where he’d told me he had gone to bed, he had actually gone to meet another girl.
Sarah adds: “I broke it off with him. Having spoken to the girl since, I know nothing happened, as she found him ‘cringey’ but I’m still glad I got out when I did.
“I haven’t snooped on another partner’s phone since, however I probably would again if I felt he was lying to me about something important.”