Melbourne, Aug 27 : Couples Down Under have developed a disturbing new habit - text snooping.
That's the conclusion of a new survey conducted by Virgin Mobile, which has found that one in three Aussies can't help themselves and check their partner's mobile phone when they're in the shower or on the toilet.
But that curiosity has blown up in their faces with 73 per cent finding things they later wished they hadn't.
Of those sneaky text checkers, 44 per cent stumbled upon messages that ranged from flirtatious to sexually explicit.
The survey, conducted among 18-29 year old mobile users by Galaxy Research, found women were also more likely than men to be SMS snoops.
Text checking was even cited as the cause of a relationship break-up for 10 per cent of respondents.
"We couldn't believe the results of this research - in fact we were amazed so many of us are so snoopy,'' The Daily Telegraph quoted Virgin Mobile PR manager Amber Morris, as saying.
"In a society where we very rarely let our mobile phones out of our sight, it's quite amazing to think that for a lot of us the minute we jump in the shower, someone might be checking up on us," Morris added.