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Cheating Spouse Nabbed by iPhone?

Cheating Spouse Nabbed by iPhone?

Apparently a man who got an iPhone 4S for his wife installed a tracking application without telling her and used it to uncover an affair she was having. The story was reported to have originated from a MacRumors forum. It isn’t clear who posted the stories and screenshots from an app called Find My Friends which uses GPS to display physical locations of people using the service. The man didn’t reveal his identity but divulged details showing his wife saying she was one place, and yet the app showed she was someplace else. The real location he wrote is the address of a man he suspected his wife of visiting secretly. Supposedly this is what he wrote in the MacRumors forum, “I got my wife a new 4S and loaded up find my friends without her knowing. She told me she was at her friends house in the east village. I’ve had suspicions about her meeting this guy who lives uptown. Lo and behold, Find My Friends has her right there.” (Source: CNET.com)

The online story of a cheating spouse busted by an iPhone might be a hoax conjured by a lonely person trying to get attention, or  a manipulative marketing ploy. Still, it could be a revelation of a new technology reality – one where we are either spying on each other or being spied upon. If the story is true, it sounds like both parties were practicing deception, a behavior written about in relation to romance throughout the ages. Some even say a successful relationship depends to some degree on not telling the full truth, because if it were all revealed the relationship would dissolve. Of course, others believe the entire basis of a relationship is honesty, and without it there is no real connection.

Whoever posted that iPhone cheating scenario wrote, Thank you Apple, thank you App Store, thank you all. These beautiful treasure trove of screen shots going to play well when I meet her a$$ at the lawyer’s office in a few weeks.” (Source: CNET.com)

Could the tracking information generated by an iPhone app become admissible in a divorce proceeding?

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3:09PM PDT on May 30, 2012

Richard - king David was not a foundation - if you read further, you will find that his excessive marriage practices were frowned on.

i feel rather like i am talking to people who claim being gay is "not natural".

you may think monogamy is not natural, because you don't like it. that doesn't actually work as evidence or truth. just opinion. the truth is that monogamy is found all over the earth, and throughout time, in societies that never met. obviously, the "unnatural" would not spring up again and again.

perhaps you could simply show respect for the way others love, especially if you wish to be respected for how you conduct yourself.

12:56AM PST on Dec 10, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:24PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

Fools are born every day!

1:25PM PDT on Oct 23, 2011

"....a behavior written about in relation to romance throughout the ages. Some even say a successful relationship depends to some degree on not telling the full truth, because if it were all revealed the relationship would dissolve."

Oh yeah, just one of many reasons why I have never dated, and am determined to remain a bacheloress for the rest of my life :)

5:57AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

If people were honest with each other this article would never have been written. People get married too quickly before getting to know each other and then have regrets later.

9:32PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Way to go!

I'm glad I didn't get caught many and many a year ago.

3:50PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Alex - so that would be King David from the Bible? The FOUNDATION for the Judeo-Christian set of beliefs? Then i agree with you about one thing: those cultures DO treat women as chattel. Interestingly, those are the exact cultures that now claim monogamy (and usually only heterosexual monogamy) is the "natural" or "right" of even "God-given" way. But if monogamy is so "natural" then why do so many people "cheat"? Some people may need the "rule of monogamy" to convince themselves that they're committed. (That is, they're committed to the other person as long as that other person constrains the type and/or amount of contact they have with other people - wow, how freeing!) As far as societies making monogamy the basis of families - a) for those that did (and there are some that didn't, btw) maybe it made sense based on the conditions of the time; that doesn't mean it makes sense now. b) societies are based on many rules, ex: no murder. Personally, I wouldn't murder someone even if there wasn't a law against it. Unlike murder, however, how many partners one has is not something that deprives another of their life (unless you're like those monogamous animals and your partner dies - then apparently you have to die, too). In fact, there is no evidence that non-monogamy hurts anyone, so how about if everyone just backs off from their "monogamy is the way" preaching? Those of us that aren't limited in how much or how many people we can love find that BS rather annoying. Thank you.

1:29PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

If monogamy weren't unnatural there'd be no need for marriage cerimonies, making of promises, taking of vows etc. etc. and there would be no divorce.
We'd just pair up and that would be that.
The whole necessity for making promises proves the point.

I'm not saying monogamy is wrong.
I'm saying it's not natural.
There's a big difference.

There's virtually nothing left in modern human life that's natural but I have no interest in living like a caveman.

I've lived common law for a total of more than 20 years with 3 different partners and never cheated. I was a road musician for a good part of those years. Trust me, there were opportunities.

How many people do you know who have only ever been with one partner? That's monogamy.

What we practice, for the most part, is serial polygamy, not monogamy. One partner at a time, but several partners over a lifetime.

Those who spend their whole lives with their first ove and never stray are a rare breed indeed.
The fact that you feel compelled to name one or two specific species that mate for life further makes my point. It's rare.
And, more and more, researchers discover that what were once believed to be monogamous species, altho pair bonded, continue to have 'affairs' on the side.

4:33AM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

i disagree with you Wes - there are many species, from insects to mammals, that pair bond for life, including gibbons. many studies have found that true pair bonding often sees a surviving mate dying shortly after their spouse, due to sorrow. these bonds are not taken lightly.
and the actions of animals can never be an excuse for our own; that is sociobiology, and is regarded as pseudoscience.
most nations on earth, including those in the past, have monogamy as their predominant form of pair bonding. the cultures that have allowed polygamy have historically been those that viewed women as chattel, and gave women almost no rights. rather than being a need, the wives were to show the wealth and power of the man - witness King David's seven hundred wives. the more women one kept, the more power - and the fewer other men could have. and "have"is the right word...they "had" them like they "had" socks or cows.
please note that nowhere in history has there ever been a culture that allowed women to have more than one husband, even if they were inclined to do so.
humans from all cultures, throughout time, have based their families on monogamy, even when their culture had no contact with another. something that was basically unnatural would not spring up, again and again in disparate cultures and times.
at any rate, if one is not inclined to keep one's word, one should not give it. my vow is my bond, and my heart is behind my vow.

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