Over sharing is not caring

I have noticed more and more on social media that people have no shame in sharing absolutely every single little detail of their lives. And I do mean every single detail. I opened my Facebook recently and was horrified to see that my newsfeed contained details about an acquaintance’s bowel movements. Great stuff. I honestly don’t know how I managed to survive for 30 years without knowing about your “struggles”. Stay strong my friend.

All sarcasm aside, there is no more privacy these days. People post absolutely everything about their personal lives online, yet complain constantly about “haters” and how other people gossip about them. It’s almost impossible to go on to a social media site without seeing some serious oversharing. I do not need to know that you are going to do some #babymaking. Adding a # in front of an annoying overshare doesn’t make it any less annoying. It actually makes me want to #slapyousilly. The severity of this situation became very apparent recently when I heard a group of friends discussing another friend. I could not understand how they knew about a particular situation and was horrified to discover that one of the woman was a mutual Facebook friend with my friend. So they had gone into my friend’s page and were merrily discussing her problems, even though only one of them actually knew my friend in “real life”. So who do I blame here? My friend for venting about her problems online? Or the women who saw no problem in Facebook stalking her and gossiping about her. I think they are both to blame. Don’t post anything on a social media platform that you are not comfortable discussing in public with every single person you meet. And don’t discuss other people’s posts and status updates. Unless it is one of those weird videos about cats that play the piano, those are fair game.

3 thoughts on “Over sharing is not caring

    • I read your post, I’ve also scaled down my Facebook presence in the last few years. For me it became an invasion of my privacy, I hated the fact that people would read my status updates and then ask my family about it instead of just asking me directly.

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