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Password Sharing: For Teens, Access To Online Accounts Is A Sign Of Love

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When we were little, Sesame Street taught us all that sharing is an essential part of interacting with our peers. And when it comes to your boyfriend or girlfriend, it's easy to want to share everything -- from your deepest, darkest secrets to your group of friends to your car keys. But like anything else, there can be such a thing as too much sharing. Would you want to share access to your email, Facebook and Tumblr accounts with the one you love? For more and more teens, the key to their heart comes with the passwords to their digital lives.

According to the New York Times, password-sharing is the newest teen dating trend. A survey conducted last year by the Pew Institute found that nearly a third of teens who regularly use the Internet share a password with a friend or significant other.

The Pew survey found that of all teens online, girls ages 14 to 17 were most likely to share passwords online, with 47 percent of this group reporting that they've shared passwords. This sharing is most common on social networking sites, rather than email.

Although a password can easily be changed when the relationship goes sour, sometimes, it's too late to reverse the damage that's already been done. Think Joe Jonas and Taylor Swift: One day in love "forever & always," and the next writing an album's worth of songs about the breakup. Now, throw personal emails and Facebook messages into the fire -- yikes. If you're still being harassed by your ex, unfriending your former flame can be the best way to handle it.

So, how do you feel about password sharing? Are you concerned about the potential dangers? Share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet @HuffPostTeen.

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