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How the Internet affects your relationship

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A recent study by Pew Research Internet Project gives insight into how the Internet affects our relationships and some of the results aren't what was expected. It appears that there are a high number of shared accounts with a whopping 27% sharing an email account and 11% of these couples share a calendar. Among married and partnered couples, 11% of them are sharing a social media account. The results appear to be higher among those who have been together for more than 10 years pre-technology era. For instance, those who were together pre-Facebook, may have set up a joint Facebook account, however, the younger generation typically has their own social media accounts coming into a relationship and they are kept separate.

An interesting statistic is that 67% of couples have shared at least one password to an online account with their partner. This can be viewed in two very different lights. This seems to be a high percentage of people sharing passwords to their online accounts, but for those who live together and have bills together, it's probably more common.

Another interesting result involved sexting among adults. Rising from 6% in 2012, 9% of adults with cell phones have sent a text of themselves to someone, 20% say they have been on the receiving end (up from 15% in 2012), and 3% admitted to have forwarded a sext to someone else. This last statistic has remained unchanged from the 2012 results. Partnered adults are just as likely to send sext messages, however, single adult are more likely to report receiving and forwarding these types of message.

The study found the overall results to be:

10% of partnered relationships claim a major impact
17% of partnered relationships claim a minor impact
74% of those who claim the Internet impacts their relationship says the impact is positive.
20% of those who claim the Internet impacts their relationship says the impact is negative.
4% of those who claim the Internet impacts their relationship says the impact is both positive and negative.
72% of partnered relationships claim no impact

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