'Til Tech Do Us Part

'Til Tech Do Us Part

Aug 8, 2007

Joining in marriage these days means even more than taking a last name--or hyphenating both last names--and joining bank accounts: now days, issues include how to share emails that both need to see, Amazon recommendations for things you're totally not interested in, and a Netflix cue that's completely lacking in romantic comedies.

What's a couple to do? The Wall Street Journal tackled these issues and more in their weekend article, 'Til Tech Do Us Part.

Have you experienced any tech-sharing problems? Humorous or heinous, we want to hear about them! Let us know in the comments below.

Some couples have tried joint email accounts for things like email from the landlord or their children's school teacher, but sometimes, that can lead to complications of needing to give more thought to emails when a spouse might see it, or of unwanted advice from a spouse on the receiving end of a joint email account.

One example of marriage-induced tech quagmires includes a couple that don't have a problem living under one roof, but sharing a Netflix account gets troubling...he gets up at 5am, before his wife and daughter do, to add his selections to the Netflix cue, knowing that the warehouse ships the selections at 7am, which is well before his wife knows what happened. "It's not grounds for murder, but it is irritating," the wife said.

Netflix, for their part, has established seperate cues for one account. Their CEO, Reed Hastings, says it was the number one requested change for quite a while.

Check out the article and related podcast for humorous stories and information on how to manage joint accounts for everything tech related, including keeping Britney Spears' "Oops, I Did It Again" out of your workout playlist.

-Graphic by Christoph Niemann, as seen in the WSJ article.

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