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The Case of the “Oversharer”: What Is Too MUCH

There has been so much talk about Facebook lately, and how people have been using it. Enjoy a delightful guest blog post by Kristen Phinney with some advice on what not to do on Social Media. 

We all know the type. Anyone who publicly shares embarrassingly intimate–or gross and disgusting–details of their lives, right out there where anyone can read them. On Facebook. On Twitter. On a blog. Social media may be making us less social, but we are certainly sharing more than ever — including a few not-so-innocent things no one really needs or wants to know.

I’ve compiled a few examples of common mistakes of an “Oversharer.”

1. It’s a status, not your diary.

Just because there isn’t a character limit doesn’t mean we need a play by play of your day. Less is more.


2. Angry Outbursts. 

Cursing out someone on Twitter or Facebook doesn’t accomplish much; especially when you don’t name names, yet always mention, “You know who you are!” Do they? FACE your problems, don’t FACEBOOK them. 


3. Bodily Functions.

I do love to see proud parent status updates; I think it’s really sweet. But there is a line and some of you are crossing it. It’s one thing to post baby photos on your Facebook page, but sharing snapshots of and details about the contents of their diapers is a step too far I think.


4. Can we say T.M.I. (Too Much Information)

Some statuses can leave a person speechless. Ask yourself, “Is this really necessary?” Let me help.. NO!



5. The Modern-Day Chain Letter

“Repost this Facebook status to protect your privacy!” Sound familiar? Some people just can’t resist the urge to “share.” Don’t bother. Most of these posts are inaccurate.


6. Publicizing Private Moments

Having conversations on Facebook with your significant other that you see every day and may even be sitting next to on the couch, for all we know… We tend to forget about the importance of body language, voice inflection, and the simple act of looking someone in the eye during a conversation. Don’t be THAT couple. 


The list goes on and on, but I think you get the idea. You may be guilty of one or even all of these classic signs of an Oversharer, but don’t you worry. Here are a few tips to help you tone it down a bit.

Think before you post: Ask yourself if the content you’re sharing is worth it. Do people really need to know the dirty details of your marriage? Or what you had for breakfast?

Don’t badmouth people you know: If you knock someone on Facebook, chances are it’s going to come back to haunt you. Many times we see friends speak ill of their partners. Eventually, those remarks will land you in hot water.

 Enable your privacy settings: It’s important to share with your close friends and family on Facebook. It’s less important to share intimate details with past professors, coworkers, friends’ parents or even your boss. Take into consideration what you want shared and with whom.

Last, but not least, don’t forget the importance of a little human interaction … Let’s spend more time together with our friends. Let’s make the relationships that count last, and not rely on technology to do the job for us! Find a healthy balance.

About Slava

I am a twenty-something Bulgarian girl in the USA, re-discovering the world through the lens.


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