In addition a majority of those in unhappy relationships say they were inclined to hide their online activities – such as messages they send, personal files and browsing history – compared to 60 percent of those in happy relationships.
In many cases, privacy concerns lead to relationship strife, with 39 percent of respondents saying they have quarrelled with their partner after they saw something that was meant to be kept private.
“When relationships form, online privacy borders are called into question, along with just how much people are prepared for their partner to know and access about their online life,” said Andrei Mochola, head of consumer business at Kaspersky Lab. “With so many partners using each other’s devices or snooping on their loved ones, privacy boundaries can go out the window.
“It is important to get the balance right between a transparent, honest relationship and keeping your digital life secure,” he added. “An open dialogue with your partner and setting privacy boundaries is a good starting point.”