Forget sweetheart lockets or promise rings, when teens want to mark a milestone in their relationships, says The New York Times, they give the most valuable gift they can think of — their passwords. After all, nothing says “trust” like offering full access to personal e-mails, Facebook accounts and other data.
But what happens when a relationship goes bad? Could private content suddenly go public? Could scorned lovers impersonate their exes and send hateful or threatening messages? Of course they could, and sometimes it happens so fast, the primary user can’t lock it down in time. You’d think this would be a deterrent, but instead, the thought only seems to give the act a tempting sense of risk, while also showing vulnerability to romantic partners.
In a Pew Internet and American Life Project 2011 telephone survey of 770 teens, nearly a third (30 percent) of the ones who regularly go online have shared passwords with a friend or significant other.
Have you ever shared passwords with a boyfriend or girlfriend? Has it furthered your relationship, or did you suffer negative consequences from it?