You are in love. You want to share everything. You want to show your trust... You share your password.
You completely trust your best friend. You'll be friends forever... You share your password.
These situations are not uncommon today. According to an article in the New York Times, teens are showing their devotion by sharing passwords - to email accounts, Facebook, and more. A survey found that 30% of teens share passwords with a friend or significant other; girls are twice as likely to share as boys are.
Whereas couples and friends used to show their intimacy with the exchange of jewelry or locker combinations, today's digital youth are sharing their digital connections too. In fact, there is pressure to share passwords as a sign of devotion - one that is suspect if it is not given freely.
So, what happens when that relationship doesn't last? Or what happens if you trusted someone with your password and they hurt your online reputation? Stole from you? As a teen, you may not be thinking about these consequences, or you may be dismissing them. It's very difficult for anyone to say 'No' when the question 'Don't you trust me?' comes up. But know that you do have a right to say 'No' and you do have a right to change your mind. You also have a right to set some boundaries (great tips here).
If you have shared your password already, take this opportunity to change your password - and don't forget to change it on any service where that password is also used. If someone won't be your friend without your password, perhaps they're not a true friend after all.