Bitdefender, an online security company, recently polled some of its customers to see how they’re using a program that’s designed for parents to monitor their kids’ Facebook activity. However, only 23.87 percent of the 1,600-plus participants said they used the program to keep tabs on children aged 13-17. A majority of the women copped to using the technology to spy on their boyfriends and husbands.
The Bitdefender study found that the number of women who had husbands or boyfriends aged 25 to 34 were three times more likely than men to track their significant others’ Facebook activity. American and British women were the most active with this app, as 67 percent of them installed it to track their husband’s or boyfriend’s account.
Bitdefender found that as couples grow older (in the 35- to 44-year-old range), women’s monitoring habits decreased, but still remained twice as high as men.
Catalin Cosoi, chief security researcher at Bitdefender, thought it was surprising that so many people would use its program to track their significant others. The technology was designed to show parents what their kids are doing on Facebook and who they are talking to. Several women in the study used Bitdefender’s program to see if their boyfriends or husbands were snooping around on the social network.
Cosoi discussed the study with AllFacebook:
In most cases, there’s somebody managing the home computer. When they install the entire security system, the other person that uses the computer expects it to be installed there. The funny thing is that somebody within the family activated the parental control and set it to their spouse or the girlfriend’s or the boyfriend’s account, and then they have access to the statistics. The other person has no idea that they’re being monitored.
Readers: Have you ever monitored a significant other’s Facebook account?
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