- 3 million people have admitted hiding phone bills from their other half
- Men 66% more likely to hide their bills than women
- Top reasons include ‘it’s none of their business’ (50%) and not wanting their partner to see ‘certain items’ on their bill (23%)
- London named as secrecy hotspot with more than a quarter of people in the capital (28%) admitting they’ve concealed bills from their significant other
- Over 55s least likely to hide mobile phone bills from their partner
More than five million Brits (5.3 million) have admitted to hiding their mobile phone bill from their partner, according to new research by uSwitch, the price comparison and switching service.
There is a significant gender divide when it comes to hiding phone bills, with men 66% more likely to be secretive than women. More than one in seven men (15%) admitted to concealing mobile phone bills from their partner, compared to just 9% of women. However, women who do hide their bills are nearly twice as likely to do so because they ‘don’t want to explain certain items’ (32%) than men (17%).
Overall, the top reasons for hiding bills from a partner include believing that it’s ‘none of their business’ (50%), not wanting them to see specific items on their bill (23%), guilt about overspending (22%) and not wanting an argument (9%).
Regionally, those in the capital are most likely to keep their bills away from the prying eyes of their partner, with nearly one in three (28%) Londoners admitting they’ve concealed their bills in the past. More than a third of these mobile users (35%) have done so in an attempt to cover up certain items on their bill, while a quarter (24%) feel guilty about their spending.
On the other hand, residents of the South East of England are the most honest and upfront about their bills, with just 5% saying they’ve hidden their phone bills from their significant other.
Meanwhile, millennials are the age group who are most inclined to want privacy, with 18-34 year olds seven times more likely to hide their bills from their partner than those aged 55+.
Ru Bhikha, mobiles expert at uSwitch.com, says: “There are plenty of reasons that people may want to hide their mobile phone bill, and generally, it’s a harmless desire for privacy.
“It’s perfectly acceptable to want to keep personal finances to yourself, but it’s important to remember to check your bills before burying them away.
“If you forget to check your bills regularly you could very well find that you’ve been overpaying, so keep an eye on your charges each month to avoid any nasty surprises further down the line.”
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