One third of all Germans are jealous of their partner's smartphone


  • Classic jealousy dramas in Italy
  • Very little jealousy in Sweden

When it comes to jealousy in Germany, the smartphone now seems to be outranking other men and women, with 32 percent of Germans more jealous of their partner's mobile phone than of friends, acquaintances or even affairs.

In Italy, where emotions are always bubbling, the picture is very different: 65 percent of respondents said they were very jealous, especially of other people, but only 16 percent see smartphones as a rival in their relationship. This leaves only 19 percent of Italians for whom jealousy is not a problem. The only country where jealousy is even more of an issue is Turkey, where a mere 14 percent said they were neither jealous of mobile phones nor of other people.

In Sweden things are Nordic, cool and rational, with 73 percent of those surveyed apparently living in complete harmony here. Only 11 percent occasionally take a critical look at other men or women, and only 16 percent at their partner's smartphone. This makes the Swedes the least jealous nation in Europe.

On average, Europe's population is divided into three almost equal parts: 30 percent of those surveyed across Europe are sometimes jealous of another man or woman, while the group of people for whom the smartphone can be an object of jealousy is only three percentage points smaller. Around 43 percent did not say or could not make up their minds.

These results are part of the study “Living in Europe 2018”, for which E.ON and Kantar EMNID questioned around 10,000 people in the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and the UK.

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