Joint Face­book accounts.

There’s a pret­ty good chance that you know a cou­ple who use one. Maybe even more than one cou­ple. Here are 4 rea­sons why a joint Face­book account is a bad idea.

1. No one knows who’s talking.

When you use a joint Face­book account, your friends nev­er know who’s talk­ing. As a result, they don’t know who to address. It’s con­fus­ing.

2. Who’s birthday is it?

When your birth­day arrives, and the inevitable tsuna­mi of hap­py birth­day come flood­ing, how will the well wish­ers know who to men­tion in their salu­ta­tion?

3. It breeds distrust.

Or more specif­i­cal­ly, it may breed dis­trust. Rela­tion­ship ther­a­pist Suzana Flo­res, Ph.D., said the fol­low­ing in an inter­view with Mash­able:

There is a role for healthy auton­o­my in every rela­tion­ship. When cou­ples have a joint account, it doesn’t real­ly reflect that.… Psy­cho­log­i­cal­ly, when cou­ples share social media accounts, it more like­ly than not is a sign of code­pen­den­cy or inse­cu­ri­ty. Some­one has trust issues, some­one feels the need to mon­i­tor. I would say nine times out of ten, ball­park, that’s what’s real­ly going on when we do see a joint account, because it’s unusu­al. It’s almost like the cou­ple is … too enmeshed.

4. It’s illegal.

Okay, not exact­ly ille­gal, but it is against Facebook’s Terms and Con­di­tions:

We don’t allow joint accounts. Addi­tion­al­ly, you can only sign up for one Face­book account per email address. Since each account belongs to one per­son, we require every­one to use their authen­tic name on their account. This way, you always know who you’re con­nect­ing with. Learn more about our name poli­cies.

See also 4.9 of their actu­al terms and con­di­tions.

There are my 4 rea­sons why you shouldn’t have a joint Face­book account. How do you feel about joint Face­book accounts? Let me know in the com­ments below.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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