67% of Committed Couples in U.S. Share Their … Passwords

Friday, February 14, 2014
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Couples, particularly middle-income and wealthier ones, don’t have a problem sharing their passwords in the digital age, a new Pew Research study shows.


The report says 67% of committed couples have told one another their secret passwords to access some kind of technology or platform.


This sharing is more “prevalent in higher-income households,” according to the report, with those earning more than $50,000 more likely to share passwords than those making under that amount.


Sharing is also more likely among couples who have remained together longer.


Seventy-one percent of those in a relationship lasting six years or longer shared passwords, compared with 59% for those together less than six years.


The Pew study also asked, as it has before, whether the Internet has played a major role in their relationship. Only 27% said yes.


However, that percentage has gone up since 2005, when 16% responded affirmatively.


The report is based on a survey of 2,252 adults over the age of 18.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

True Love Means You Give Me Your Password, According to the Pew Research Center (by Emily Lodish, GlobalPost)

Couples, the Internet, and Social Media (by Amanda Lenhart and Maeve Duggan, Pew Research Center)

Legislature Wants Social Media Passwords to be Off-Limits (by Ken Broder, AllGov California)


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