Word of Mouth - Segment
Wed January 25, 2012
“If you tell me yours, I’ll tell you mine.”
Produced by Chris Cuffe
Everyone knows there are certain things in life that are just not meant to be shared: Chapstick for one, prescription medication, and in our digital age, our e-mail and Facebook passwords. But as The New York Times recently reported, a new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project says that more than 30% of young teenagers are ignoring the security risks and sharing their online passwords as a token of intimacy…just as in the past, they might have shared a locker combination, or class ring.
Rosalind Wiseman spoke to the Times about this trend. She’s an expert on teenagers and technology and author of the book, “Queen-bees and Wannabees, a Guide for Helping Girls Survive their Adolescence.” She joins us from the studios of WAMU in Washington.