According to a recent study done by Pew Research Center, 67 percent of Internet users who are either married or in a committed relationship share passwords for one or more of their online accounts with their significant other.
The study found that 27 percent of the couples surveyed share an email account, and 11 percent of those on social networking platforms share a social media profile. The data also revealed differences in the way long-term couples view and utilize technology in comparison to those who have been together for a shorter period of time.
Additionally, technology is finding its way into the intimate ways people communicate. Sexting has been on the rise since 2012, with nine percent of adult cell phone owners admitting to sending sexts (up from six percent in 2012) and 20 percent acknowledging they have received sexts (up from 15 percent in 2012). This includes suggestive text messages, as well as forwarding nude or nearly nude photos and videos.
The research showcases that technology is considered a good source of support and communication, but couples also recognize that it can serve as a source of tension. While there is no indication that any LGBT couples were surveyed, the study does provide some fascinating insight as to how technology is changing and restructuring interactions within romantic relationships.
Has technology blurred the lines of individual privacy and personal boundaries within relationships? Have you, or would you, share access to an online account with your partner? Post your thoughts in the comments.
JUSTIN HERNANDEZ writes about sex, dating, and relationships for The Advocate and Gay.net. Follow him on Twitter @HernandezJustin.