The New York Times published an article saying that teenagers are sharing each other passwords to their social media and the pass-code to their phones as a sign of their devotion to each other. It’s a sort of modern-day giving of a class ring, if you will.Those teens are not alone: 67% of internet users who are married or who are in relationships have shared passwords with their partners.

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As much as you may feel like you hold the power by holding a password, unfortunately you don’t. If people really want to cheat, they will find a way.The best way to prevent cheating is to talk about it with your partner. Set your boundaries — and vice versa — by being honest about your personal definition of cheating.

According to my point of view, Sharing a password with your partner can also lead to hurt feelings and miscommunication, which gives a false sense of security in the long run. So, i don’t believe in sharing a password with the partner. I don’t share my password because love doesn’t mean controlling or spying on another person.

And you should protect yourself, too. Would you really want your ex to have access to thousands of photos, conversations, videos, and more that they could use against you? Me neither.

Not only that, but my friends often send me sensitive information that I keep private. If I give my password to my partner, I put them in danger, too. I encourage everyone to be with someone they trust enough not to do something awful to them, but I also encourage everyone to be smart and keep yourself as safe as possible.

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Nowadays, we have so much access to information about other people. We can scroll through their social networking accounts, see their location, see what people have said about them via a Google search, see photos from their entire lives on Flickr or Picasa or Facebook. Parents have monitoring programs on their kids’ computers and phones, so that they know where they are, who they’re talking to, and what websites they’re visiting. I’m starting to wonder if, as a society, we’re becoming addicted to spying on one another. The access to so much information just seems to be spurring us to want more and more. We’re like the Cookie Monsters of personal information.