Why several calculator apps on your partner’s phone could be cause for suspicion


Despite what TikTok users say, fake calculator apps were not designed to facilitate cheating. — AFP Relaxnews

From a change of attitude to a lack of communication, there are many signs that can make you suspect your other half might be cheating. Now, Internet users have discovered a new one: having several calculator applications on their phone. It seems that some of these apps are actually secret digital vaults, where people can hide all kinds of compromising files.

These fake digital calculators were brought to light on TikTok by the American influencer and podcast host, Sam “Nugget” Dababneh. “If you’re dating a guy, and you go into his phone and type in the word ‘calculator’ and he has two calculator apps, he’s cheating on you,” he says in one of his latest posts on the social network. His video soon went viral, and now counts over 265,000 views.

Many web users reacted to Dababneh’s revelations by sharing their own misadventures with these fake calculator apps. “It’s all true. Now I’m in the process of getting a divorce,” says one. Others are dumbfounded when they learn how these apps are really being used. One user posted that her ex said his second supposed calculator app was for saving financial documents he wanted to keep secret when travelling.

But despite what TikTok users say, fake calculator apps were not designed to facilitate adultery but rather, to protect users’ personal documents from prying (and malicious) eyes. Take the Calculator# Hide Photos Videos app, available on iOS. It takes the appearance of a digital calculator but serves to hide your photos, videos, documents, notes, contacts and passwords from curious individuals and hackers.

And it’s the same story with Calculator – Photo Vault, available on Android. This digital vault is password-protected to lock away your confidential files as safely as possible. This application has already been downloaded more than 10 million times, according to data from Google Play.

There’s no evidence that users downloading these applications are doing so with the intention of cheating on their partners. If some factors can potentially put people on the path to infidelity, a team of international researchers used artificial intelligence to determine if adultery is objectively predictable.

The result: it is not, although factors such as the length of a romantic relationship and a couple’s degree of sexual satisfaction are good indicators of the level of commitment of the partners and the efforts they are willing to make. TikTok users can rest assured that mobile applications are not among the variables identified by the researchers. – AFP Relaxnews

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