Digital Snooping for the Masses
Interesting article from The New York Times:
Flip open your husband's cellphone and scroll down the log of calls received. Glance over your teenager's shoulder at his screenful of instant messages. Type in a girlfriend's password and rifle through her e-mail.
There was a time when unearthing someone's private thoughts and deeds required sliding a hand beneath a mattress, fishing out a diary and hurriedly skimming its pages. The process was tactile, deliberate and fraught with anxiety: Will I be caught? Is this ethical? What will it do to my relationship with my child or partner?
But digital technology has made uncovering secrets such a painless, antiseptic process that the boundary delineating what is permissible in a relationship appears to be shifting.
In interviews and on blogs across the Web, people report that they snoop and spy on others "friends, family, colleagues" unencumbered by anxiety or guilt.
Posted on September 8, 2006 at 12:39 PM • 17 Comments