People give their usernames and passwords to their dates, read each other’s personal emails and messages, review their partner’s browsing history, post sexy pictures and intimate details online – clearly, the Internet now holds the third wheel in relationships.
According to a Valentine’s Day study by research firm Abine, the Internet now watches people as they themselves unfold their romantic lives online.
Abine privacy analyst Sarah Downey says love can make people go crazy, so much so that they change behavior and step out of their comfort zones.
The firm’s survey found that more than a third of respondents reveal their online accounts’ usernames and passwords to their dates.
Another 40 percent read their partner’s emails and other personal messages while 30 percent go over their significant other’s browsing history.
Eighteen percent post either sexy pictures of themselves or information about their romantic confrontations.
And 12 percent of respondents are bold enough to post online intimate details of their relationship.
Now breakups are more complicated and frequently extend online.
After calling it quits, most respondents (63 percent) said they will either remove their exes from the friends list or block them entirely.
The painful result of a breakup will push half of those surveyed to remove or un-tag their names in photos with exes.
Facebook Is My Confidant
The survey also revealed that Facebook is the most popular online platform to share intimate details about the respondents’ relationships.
More than half share details about their love life on Facebook, the world’s largest social network, which now has more than one billion members.
Only 37 percent post status updates on rival social networks, social media sites, online dating sites, and blogs.
Relationship Status For Public Viewing
According to the survey, most (80 percent) of respondents (who share their love lives online) post about their relationship’s status.
Many (62 percent) reveal the names of their partners, most (60 percent) of which post their pictures as a couple.
On another note, about a third of respondents share their sexuality.
Downey says many online users do not take seriously the results of posting details about their love life until they experience its negative effects.
Ten percent of respondents are more nonchalant on their love life’s privacy today than a year ago, adds Downey.
Losing The Third Wheel
Abine recommends five easy tips to keep relationships private.
1. Keep account usernames and passwords to yourself.
While symbiotic relationships are all about sharing, it does not mean that your account’s login information is included.
If you are not careful, an ex, a partner, or your partner’s ex will use it against you.
2. Move out your private files and details from data broker’s sites.
Data brokers can access a pool of information about you, including images and addresses.
For a small price, stalkers and exes can acquire this data.
3. Limit the people who can see your personal information.
Change your privacy settings and control who can see your photos and posts on social networking sites.
Abine suggests that you limit shared posts to close friends, and block people with whom you had a past relationship.
4. Check regularly the privacy settings.
Frequently check the privacy settings on your social media accounts to ensure the site did not change the default settings and accidentally revealed your private information while doing it.
5. Think twice before posting and review your posts.