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The One Thing You Don’t Want Your Partner Finding on Your Phone (It’s Not Naked Pictures)

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You could have fooled us, but a new survey suggests that Americans are actually more concerned about keeping their bank account information from a significant other than they are questionable texts, naked photos, or dirty websites.

The survey, which was conducted by TNS for KS Mobile to promote its new Android app Clean Master, says 25 percent of the 1,000 adults they surveyed would be “embarrassed about friends or family seeing” bank account information, while only 13 percent of men and 5 percent of women would be embarrassed about friends and family finding photos of others on their phones.

Turns out Americans aren’t too worried about their girlfriends or boyfriends finding dirty pictures on their phones in general. When asked who they’d be most embarrassed to have discover their naughty pics, children (21 percent), co-workers (21 percent), bosses (18 percent), and parents (12 percent) all ranking higher than or equal to “spouse or significant other” (12 percent).

In fact, not only is your significant other not concerned about hiding dirty images from you, they most likely don’t have any of their own: only 5 percent of those who answered said they have naked photos of themselves on their mobile phones.

“Many people have quite a lax attitude of ‘it probably won’t happen to me’ when considering the likelihood and potential damage that could result from these nude pictures leaking out,” says Clean Master product manager Adam O’Neill. “When they’re making or receiving nude pictures, they’re in the mindset that it’s just a bit of fun, and this leads them to believe that the risk isn’t serious. Furthermore, when a colleague or friend does have their images leaked, they’re probably not going to talk about it too much in an effort to try to stem the spread, which possibly leads people to underestimate how much of a problem these leaks can be.”

America, we’re disappointed in you. You lead us to believe that we were one nation, united in sexting. Guess all those Snapchats really are duck face selfies and food porn.

The good news is there were a few statistics that didn’t surprise us: Men are twice as likely to have naked photos of themselves than women, three times as likely to have porn, and four times as likely to have naked photos of others.

So if Americans aren’t keeping dirty photos on their cell phones, it makes us wonder: where are they keeping them?

Benjamin Solomon is a freelance writer based in New York City. He was most recently the Editor-in-Chief of Next Magazine. He has contributed to Vanity Fair, Playbill, Details, Out Magazine, Time Out New York, Today.com and has appeared on Biography Channel, East Village Radio and in Wallpaper magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @benjaminsolomon

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