Yesterday, I saw a thought provoking image on my Facebook news feed.
My friend, Raffy Pekson, suggested giving Facebook password as a gift this Valentine’s Day.
And I commented on his post, “I already know my boyfriend’s password.”
Honestly, I thought that couples already know each other’s passwords when it comes to social media. I pretty much know every password of my boyfriend’s accounts. And he knows that I know.
When I expressed my sentiment about couples knowing about each other’s social media passwords, he jokingly claimed that “only 1% of the couples in the world share their passwords.”
Other users who commented on this post also share that it is very unlikely for them to share their Facebook password. Based on this thread, it seems that the popular opinion is that Facebook password is off limits to anyone–even to their partner or husband/wife.
With this new information, I went on to search if there’s data related to how couples use social media accounts. I had so many questions:
- How does sharing passwords affect a relationship?
- Am I the only one who thinks that it’s okay to know my boyfriend’s password?
- How do you know when to give out your Facebook password?
With the ever growing popularity of social media such as Facebook and Twitter, there were actually many studies and surveys conducted to determine how social media affects relationships.
Recently, a survey conducted by Pew Research Center Internet and American Life Project reports that “67 percent of internet users in a committed relationship have shared the password for at least one online account with their partner” (Techland Time, 2014).
On the same survey, 27% of internet users who are married or in a committed relationship have a joint email account, while 11% of these couples have shared online calendars.
Based on this one survey, it seems that long-time couples or couples who are in a committed relationship are more likely to share passwords and social media accounts.
Now, the question is at which point in one’s relationship do you feel comfortable to share your Facebook password?
And what if the other person asks for your Facebook password?
Would you think it crosses the line? Or is it justifiable?
These are just some of the questions that might plague most individuals who are in a relationship or thinking of getting in one.
Personally, I think giving one’s Facebook password as a present does seem like a good Valentine’s present. It symbolizes that your relationship has reached that point where you trust your partner completely. The person receiving the present can also take comfort knowing that the person giving his/her password has nothing to hide.
What about you? Would you give your Facebook password as a gift this Valentine’s?
Let me know what you think by commenting below! I’m really curious to know what you think. 🙂
Image Credit: Salvatore Vuono/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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