40 Percent of People Wish They Hadn't Shared This With Their Partner

This is actually the one thing you should keep to yourself in a relationship, research shows.

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When it comes down to it, the basis of a healthy relationship usually comes from your ability to share things. This can be anything from your hopes and dreams to the last piece of pizza to access to the bathroom in the morning. But there are some things that you may want to keep to yourself, especially when it comes to your digital accounts and technology. According to new research, 40 percent of people regret sharing their passwords with their partner in their last relationships.

The new survey comes from ExpressVPN, a virtual private network service, and sampled 1,506 adults in non-married couples. Despite the fact that almost half of all people surveyed regret doing this, the results showed that 80 percent of all couples shared their passwords to their accounts. On top of that, most don't wait very long to do it: 58 percent admitted that they shared their passwords within the first six months of their relationship, Fast Company reports.

The most popular shared password was for streaming video services, with 78 percent of respondents saying they swapped the login info for sites such as Netflix or Hulu. But a high percentage of couples still shared passwords for other services: 64 percent gave their significant others the access code to their mobile devices, 58 percent handed over access to streaming music accounts, and 52 percent gave their partners access to their gaming streaming accounts.

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It may seem like this would instill trust in your relationship, but the survey also found that 31 percent of couples have fought over one member refusing to pitch in for their share of the monthly subscription costs for some accounts.

"While it may seem innocuous in the moment and a way to establish trust in a relationship, sharing passwords can put your personal identity and private information at risk if you don't take the proper precautions," Harold Li, vice president of ExpressVPN, said in a statement. "If you're going to share your password, make sure you're at least practicing proper password hygiene and avoiding common mistakes such as reusing the same password combinations across multiple accounts or sharing them with others through unsecured methods like text messages or social media."

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This isn't the first set of data to find that many people wish they hadn't granted digital access to their significant other. A 2018 survey conducted by Better Buy Insurance found that 41 percent of millennials said they regretted passing along their passwords—and that two-thirds of them were quick to change all of their passwords as soon as the relationships ended.

Besides: No one likes a Netflix recommendation feed ruined by a spiteful ex's viewing habits. And for more about the wild world of dating, check out This Surprising Feature Makes Men More Attractive for a Fling, Study Says.

Zachary Mack
Zachary covers beer, wine, food, spirits, and travel. He's the owner of Alphabet City Beer Co. in New York City and is a Certified Cicerone. Read more
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