In a world of endless social media and endless ways to access information about someone online, is full digital transparency now required in a relationship? In a recent survey by Match.com survey of 5,000 US singles and 1,000 married people, 50 percent of 20-something singles said they would share passwords with a partner. More interesting yet is that 56 percent of married people would not reveal a password to a spouse.
The number of singles willing to share what is arguably someone’s most important piece of digital information drops significantly across age groups, with 41 percent of people in their 30s and 37 percent of those in their 40s confirming password sharing. Not that you’ll put that password to constant use (we hope!) snooping on your sweetie’s every email, “like,” and comment online, but in cases of emergency, having someone else who can access vital information does come in handy.
Of course, there’s the line of thinking that swapping passwords is a slippery slope to digital mistrust and jealousy. What’s your take: Is learning someone’s social-media or email password a 21st-century right of passage in a relationship? Or does it encroach on a partner’s right to privacy?