Pew Study Finds Nearly 70 Percent Of Couples Share Online Passwords

By Sanna Chu on February 17, 2014 6:12 PM EST 0

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Pew study finds that two thirds of couples share online passwords. (Photo: Shutterstock)

So, apparently most couples share online passwords, as a new Pew Study has found that fully 67 percent of Internet users in a marriage or committed relationship have shared a password to at least one online account with their spouse or partner. While this statistic could signal that most people in a long-term relationship trust their partners, the study doesn't specify what kind of online passwords are shared. Like it makes sense to share your Netflix or Seamless password with the person you're living with, but giving out your email or Facebook account password is another level of openness.

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The Pew study found that password sharing amongst couples does not depend on age. However, couples who earn more than $50,000 a year in household income are more likely to share passwords with each other than those who earn less. Parents are also more likely to share passwords with their partner or spouse than those who are not parents.

But some couples go even further than sharing passwords, with almost of third of couples sharing an email account. The Pew study found that 27 percent of Internet users in couples share an email account with their partner but that figure is skewed by a higher percentage of older couples sharing an email account. For instance, just 12 percent of married or committed adults ages 18 to 29 share an email address with their partner, compared with 47 percent among adults ages 65 and older.

The Pew study also found that 11 percent of Internet users who are in a couple share an online calendar. Among adults in a couple who use social networking sites, 11 percent share a profile with their spouse or partner. It stands to reason that couples who share one type of digital tool or account tend to share others as well. For instance, 1 in 4 couples who share an email address also share a social media profile.   

Do you share your online passwords with your partner? Let us know in the comments.

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