You know that sense of dread that fills your body when a website asks you to create a new user name, or when your company's IT department sends another e-mail reminding you that it's time to change your password again? Turns out you're not alone. A new survey commissioned by social software services company Janrain found that 38% of Americans would rather clean a toilet or come up with a plan for world peace than think of a new online password. And that's because most of us already have five unique passwords to remember and it taxes our memory. "With all of the different websites consumers login to on a regular basis – from email and social networks to online banking and e-commerce sites – it's no wonder people are struggling to remember such a large number of passwords," said Janrain CEO Larry Drebes. "What's surprising is that consumers think cleaning their bathroom, or in the extreme cases trying to solve world peace, sounds preferable to adding yet another password to the list." ThePortland,Ore., company commissioned a Harris Interactive survey last month of 2,208 adults. The survey found that:
- 38% of adults would rather do household chores "like cleaning the toilet or doing the dishes" than have to come up with another user name or password.
- 38% of adults also believe it's easier to solve world peace than to remember all their passwords.
- 58% of adults have to remember five or more unique online passwords, while 30% have 10 passwords. And 8% have to memorize at least 21 passwords.
37% have to ask for help remembering their user name or password at least once per month