One in nine adults are caught cheating on their partners because they fail to delete double-crossing emails and text messages.
The finding comes from a new poll of 2,000 adults by moneysupermarket.com that found that emails and texts are the modern equivalent for the lipstick on the collar that once confirmed a wife’s suspicion that her hubby was playing the field.
Computers and mobile phones, the survey reveals, are the new 'smoking guns' in relationship breakdowns. And, some wronged partners don’t even need to go looking for evidence, for four percent of those caught out accidentally forwarded a message from their lover to their partner.
There is a difference when it comes to the ages as well. People in their 50s are more likely to be caught out with a text or email, than 18 to 24-year-olds who are more likely to clear their inboxes regularly, thus destroying the evidence.
“People seem to forget their internet and mobile phone can become a library of undercover love,” The Sun quoted a spokesman, as saying.
“We don’t condone having affairs, but those who are tempted to stray should practice safe text — they need to be careful what they say in messages and emails. You never know where they could end up,” he added.