Technology & Intimacy: 27% of Married or ‘Committed’ Couples Share an E-mail Account; 66% Overall Share Online Passwords

Couples who have been together for less than 10 years are more likely to have used the internet to find their mate. (Photo: AFP)

Couples who have been together for less than 10 years are more likely to have used the internet to find their mate. (Photo: AFP)

You may think that the mark of a mature relationship is the moment when a couple moves in together, adopts a cat or spends the holidays with each other’s families. But what about sharing an e-mail account?

Now that’s a real commitment. It’s a step that more than one-fifth of American Internet users who are married or in a committed relationship have taken, according to a study released on Tuesday by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project.

The study found that 27 per cent of couples share an e-mail account. Two-thirds of couples share the passwords for one or more of their online accounts with their main squeeze.

Pew’s data show that this practice is more common with older couples or those who have been in their relationship for more than 10 years, perhaps because such technologies as e-mail, social media and other accounts were introduced after they were an item.

Still, only 11 per cent of couples reported sharing a social media profile on such sites as Facebook with their spouse or partner – apparently there are some digital bridges that many still aren’t willing to cross.

The study also delved into the practice of sexting. Pew found that salacious messages are becoming more common, with about 9 per cent of cellphone owners reporting that they’ve sent a suggestive text or photo.

Meanwhile, 20 per cent say they’ve received one.

That’s a notable increase compared with last year, when the same study found that just 6 per cent of cellphone owners had sent sexts and 15 per cent of users had received them.

The younger the cellphone user, the more likely he or she was to sext, although there was an uptick across all age groups except those ages 55 and older.

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SOURCE: Washington Post (via SCMP)


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