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Is It Wrong To Look At Your Partner’s Web History?


My boyfriend recently came into the living room and interrupted one of my wild crossword puzzle tangents asking me a much dreaded question: Do you still read your ex’s blog?
While the answer is yes, (who doesn’t? or wouldn’t?) I felt trapped. I hadn’t told any of our leaky-lipped friends I’d been keeping up on my ex’s new job and relationship via his painfully descriptive blog so visions of a hidden camera system and night goggles filled my head.



How had my boyfriend learned of my online sleuthing? He’d trolled through the browser history in search of a wet-suit manufacturer he’d found a week before and in his quest, "checked out" my recent page history. So, is it wrong or right?

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Madisongrace Madisongrace 6 years
My fiance and I just decided to end our relationship over this very topic. Used his computer 6 months ago and discovered he had been looking at porn for almost a year. Two months b4 discovery I asked him directly and he denied. After the discovery he gave me permission to put "spyware: on his computer and not to tell him so he couldnt manipulate. Long story short he thought I had stopped and found out I still occasionally check. Because he had been good and stopped he felt this was still a huge violation of privacy. Never did he ask if I had removed it or requested me to remove it. I feel I still had a right to continue till Trust was fully restored...
redsugar redsugar 9 years
It never occurred to me that people have to share a computer.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
Haha, redsugar, that is SO cute! I think you need to trust the person you are with, otherwise, why are you with them? In my younger days, I would have snooped around, but I trust my husband. And I would want him to trust me, too. It would hurt my feelings if he was checking up on me.
snickerdoodle snickerdoodle 9 years
Computers really aren't built so that people can share AND have privacy - even though my brother very, ah, courteously clears the history whenever he goes somewhere he knows I don't want to come across, google has a loooong memory.
Bonne Bonne 9 years
It wrong to snoop but not when something unexpected pops up.
redsugar redsugar 9 years
True.
Tech Tech 9 years
Hahah. At least she's geeky too, right?
redsugar redsugar 9 years
I don't go looking for stuff. I trust my husband. We respect each others privacy. Firefox has a google toolbar. You type what you want to search for and hit enter. It also remembers what you have typed previously. I was on my husband's laptop and went to search for something and started typing something with a T and "Tina Fey naked" popped up. I had to laugh.
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