Maybe it's a "like" on Facebook or a "favorited" tweet on Twitter. These are the new clues in an old dance: Is my spouse cheating?
"Our study shows that surveillance today doesn't require spies or private investigators. It can be done by anyone," stated Leroy Velasquez of SeekingArrangement.com, a dating website.
Velasquez says their recent anonymous survey of members revealed that 58 percent admit reading their spouse's email. Forty-seven percent say they have peeked at text messages, and 39 percent have snooped on their partner's social media accounts.
Some people take the spy game up a notch. At Privacy Electronics in Pinellas Park, they sell gadgets that, a decade ago, were only available to the military or spy agencies.
"This is a digital snitch live tracker," explained store owner Michel Peros, holding a device only slightly larger than a common 9-volt battery. It can be planted in a purse or car and, using GPS technology, it transmits its location to a map on your smart phone. It costs just $300.
"The technology verifies what's really going on," continued Peros. "It puts them in peace of mind, one way or the other."
He sells many other devices that were once the kind of thing only found in James Bond movies.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY SPYING?
Another interesting finding in the SeekingArrangements.com survey was that 73 percent of the admitted spies were women. Peros confirms that the demographics have changed since he started his business 25 years ago.
"Back then, the majority of clients were men," he said. "Now, mostly women buy this technology."
Velasquez offers a conclusion when it comes to the ease of spying these days.
"If you're in a relationship, be faithful -- if for no other reason, there's more ways than ever to get caught."