Article Lead Image

Wikimedia (CC-BY)

Woman caught her boyfriend cheating through his Fitbit

'His physical activity levels were spiking on the app.'


Mikael Thalen

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 5, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 9:11 pm CDT

A woman on Twitter is going viral after recounting how she caught an ex-boyfriend cheating thanks to a Fitbit.

Jane Slater, a reporter for the NFL Network, tweeted on Wednesday that the incident began when her then-boyfriend gifted her the fitness tracker during Christmas to match the one he already owned.

Through the product’s app, Slater and her unnamed cohort could then monitor one another’s physical activity levels.

“An Ex Boyfriend once got me a Fitbit for Christmas. I loved it,” Slater tweeted. “We synched up, motivated each other…”

But her feelings toward the wearable suddenly changed when she discovered an unexpected surge from her partner’s Fitbit early one morning.

“[D]idn’t hate it until he was unaccounted for at 4am and his physical activity levels were spiking on the app,” Slater wrote.

And for those wondering, Slater made sure to point out that the activity wasn’t caused by her ex getting busy at the gym.

“Spoiler alert: he was not enrolled in an OrangeTheory class at 4am,” Slater added.

The harrowing tale, in response to a tweet about the recent Peloton exercise bike debacle, quickly garnered over 13,000 retweets and 160,000 likes.

Slater received both praise for retelling the story as well as condolences for enduring what could only be described as a relationship issue that only the 21st century could create.

Emmanuel Acho, a colleague of Slater’s working for ESPN, labeled the tweet as high-grade.

“Phenomenal story telling lol,” Acho said.

Another Twitter user argued that the story made one of her own hellish breakups seem much less horrible in comparison.

Of course, no viral internet story would be complete without the addition of memes. Perhaps her boyfriend was just busy watching Cops?

Another woman even claimed to have caught her ex-husband cheating thanks to a similar fitness wearable.

“Jane! My ex husband got caught in an affair because he was wearing the training watch and heartbeat monitor my mom bought him for Christmas – while ‘running.'” Twitter user @carey_gibbons wrote. “It was the under-one-minute heart rate spike that confirmed things for me! #prematuresayswhat.”

Sadly though, that wasn’t Slater’s only bad breakup story. The sports reporter also recounted a time when a boyfriend allegedly brought home another woman while intoxicated.

“I also had a guy get drunk and bring another girl home forgetting I was spending the night there,” Slater added. “We were set to go to church the next morning and I stayed in to get sleep. I could write a book.”

For what it’s worth, Slater says she can now look back on the Fitbit fiasco and laugh.

The story isn’t at all unbelievable given that people have been caught doing just about everything due to devices like the Fitbit.

Data on a fitness tracker helped secure a murder conviction in 2017, while the devices were even partly banned by the U.S. military last year after soldiers inadvertently exposed the locations of secret bases.


Share this article
*First Published: Dec 5, 2019, 4:29 pm CST