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Cell Phone Drama: Do You Have the Right to Read Your Partners' Texts?

Updated on February 13, 2013

Trust. A simple word that is the focal point to a healthy relationship. A good relationship involves numerous factors such as compatibility, romance and openness. It also takes hard work and dedication from both parties to keep the flame going. But above all, trust is the glue that holds it all together. Which brings me to the controversial question: Do you have the right to go through your significant other’s texts and calls? Or are you entitled to your privacy?

In today’s day and age, social media plays an enormous role in dating. Single people use Facebook to figure out the relationship status of a person they encountered, couples amidst a fight use twitter to gain the attention of his or her partner and both medias are used to demonstrate acts of public affection. But what about cell phones?

On one hand, a cell phone is somebody’s own personal property. To go through someone else's private messages and calls is an invasion of privacy. But on the other hand, if you’re in a truthful relationship there should be nothing to hide. If that’s the case, then there shouldn’t be a problem if your partner sifts through your texts right?

Honestly, there is no right or wrong answer to question at stake, but here’s the twist. If you’re in an honest and healthy relationship why should you feel the need to search through your partners phone? If you trust your partner, you would have no desire to go through it. If you find yourself dying to go through your partners phone, you obviously don’t trust him or her.

But on the flip side, if you’re in a relationship you should have nothing to hide. If you don’t want your partner to go through your phone, then you’re probably hiding things. Maybe you’re not sleeping around, but maybe you don’t want your partner to know who you’re conversing with because you don’t want him or her to get jealous. If that’s the case, you’re still in an unhealthy relationship. You shouldn’t have to sneak around your partners back to talk to your friends.

Plain and simple, cell phones and privacy shouldn’t be an issue in your relationship. If you think your partner is hiding something on their phone, you already lack trust in your relationship. And if you don’t want your partner reading your texts, your relationship lacks openness. Truth, honesty and communication go hand-in-hand. No relationship is perfect. Sure, there will be times where you have doubts and insecurities. Talk it out. You shouldn’t have to invade someone’s privacy to seek the truth. And you shouldn’t feel the need to hide things from your partner. Be honest with each other and trust in love.


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