On any type of document electronic or otherwise, where there is an expectation of privacy, I would not read it. I would close it out or put it in a safe place for them to get back to at their earliest convenience.
I have enough drama of my own to contend with I don’t need to be sucked into anyone else’s drama inadvertently by reading or delving into their private thoughts. Generally, my friends find me very approachable and if there is something they would like to share with me, I am the listening ear, and safe-haven for them to do so.
Depends... do I have reason to be peeking and being nosy? If I suspected something was up and had reason to then perhaps I would check n read the emails, IMs, etc. But I wouldn't just look for kicks, something to do, cuz curious, etc.
What about you all... would you read an IM, email, etc if your man/lady left their email, IM window, etc open? Why or why not? Would you only take a peek if you had good reasons to?