Description: It has become fashionable for young people to express their affection for each other by sharing their passwords to e-mail, Facebook and other accounts.
Source: nytimes .com
Date: Jan 17, 2012
“It’s a sign of trust,” Tiffany Carandang, a high school senior in San Francisco, said of the decision she and her boyfriend made several months ago to share passwords for e-mail and Facebook. “I have nothing to hide from him, and he has nothing to hide from me.”
“That is so cute,” said Cherry Ng, 16, listening in to her friend’s comments to a reporter outside school. “They really trust each other.”
We do, said Ms. Carandang, 17. “I know he’d never do anything to hurt my reputation,” she added.
It doesn’t always end so well, of course. Changing a password is simple, but students, counselors and parents say that damage is often done before a password is changed, or that the sharing of online lives can be the reason a relationship falters. Read Rest of Story
Questions for discussion:
- What are the privacy issues that are at stake in this story?
- Is there any upside to sharing your password with someone else?