Today’s Tech February 8, 2012

Sharing passwords is the new “next step” of relationships

Most young college relationships have discovered a new way to express their feelings for each other. Instead of sharing physical or emotional acts, they share a special type of information: passwords.

The digital age has brought social life online so it makes sense that sharing the information for online accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr, is only natural.

This new sign of trust comes from couples wanting to show they have no secrets between each other by telling each other their online account information, having identical passwords or even using passwords that are phrases of their affection toward each other.

A study performed by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that girls were twice as likely as boys to share the information. It also said that at least one third of the individuals surveyed have shared passwords with someone else.

But when the relationship inevitably goes sour, as it often does for college relationships, there is quite the ammunition present between the now-separated couple to enact their own form of revenge on each other. Digital revenge is then free to occur if the breakup is not so mutual.