Teens Are Supposedly Showing Each Other Their Passwords, All Willy-Nilly

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Today's most ridiculous New York Times article claims, "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." Deep breath. "Boyfriends and girlfriends sometimes even create identical passwords, and let each other read their private e-mails and texts." The trend itself is dubious, yes, but assuming it does in fact exist, even in rare cases uncovered by this expert newspaper reporter, it is still cause for one's forehead to forcefully hit the desk in front of them.

The Times compares the 21st century courtship tactic to varsity jackets, class rings, and locker combinations, but more meaningfully, to sex — it "feels forbidden because it is generally discouraged by adults and involves vulnerability." Sometimes, maybe, possibly, adults are ... right?

“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.

Tiffany. Tiffany, sweetie! Listen, Tiff … please. There's no getting through to them, is there?