More and More Couples Are Engaging in This Risky Online Behavior

What do you think? Safe or unsafe? Have you done it?

Tech

Instead of getting roses or chocolate for Valentine’s Day this year, why not give your significant other your Facebook password? Apparently everybody’s doing it.

A new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project shows that couples that are married or in committed relationships are growing increasingly comfortable sharing their passwords with each other. Sixty-seven percent of Internet users in a committed relationship have shared the password for at least one online account with their partner. Some have gone a step further by creating joint accounts. Twenty-seven percent of Internet users in a relationship have a shared email account with their partner, while eleven percent of those who use social media sites share a joint profile.

Couples’ heavy use of tech tools hardly ends there. Twenty-five percent of Internet users say they’ve texted their significant other while they were both at home, and nine percent say they’ve…

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