Seeing more doesn’t always reassure. Sometimes having access to more information just gives you more to worry about. One study in 2009 found that simply being Facebook friends (without any password swapping) has that effect on couples. Having a record of all of their friends, who’s writing on their wall, and who has been in their photos simply served to provide more fodder for jealous thoughts.
Nowadays, we have so much access to information about other people. We can scroll through their social networking accounts, see their location on Foursquare, 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.
There are a few lines we can draw to keep ourselves from truly living in a Little Brother society. An important one is keeping passwords to your email and social networking accounts to yourself.
In other words, kids (and adults), just say no to password sharing! Love means never having to say you’re sorry that you went back and read all of the emails that your significant other exchanged with their ex.
Do you disagree? Do you freely share passwords with your S.O.?
Curated by Erbe