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If You Love Me, You’ll Give Me Your Password

ONLINE PRIVACY

January 19, 2012

The New York Times reports on a new trend among young people as a way to express affection: sharing passwords. Young boyfriends and girlfriends are increasingly sharing them--at the risk of harm following a breakup such as the dissemination of private e-mails or scorned exes sending messages under each others' identities. A 2011 survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that 30 percent of teenagers who regularly use the Internet had shared a password with a friend, boyfriend or girlfriend, and girls were almost twice as likely as boys to share, the report states. "It's a sign of trust," one teen said of sharing with her boyfriend. "I have nothing to hide from him, and he has nothing to hide from me." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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