Teenagers Sharing Passwords As Show Of Affection

Teenagers Sharing Passwords As Show Of Affection

Teenagers Sharing Passwords as Show of Affection - NYTimes.com

It has become fashionable for young people to express their affection for each other by sharing their passwords to e-mail, Facebook and other accounts. Boyfriends and girlfriends sometimes even create identical passwords, and let each other read their private e-mails and texts.

They say they know such digital entanglements are risky, because a souring relationship can lead to people using online secrets against each other. But that, they say, is part of what makes the symbolism of the shared password so powerful.

My wife has never had my passwords. My friends have never had my passwords. My parents have never had my passwords. Hell, I don’t even know 80-90% of my passwords (and thanks to 1Password, I don’t have to).

As my parents have always said, “trust but verify.” Trust is a good thing. Blind trust is not.