Can We Say T.M.I.? The Top Things People Overshare On Social Media

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July 8, 2013 ‐ By Kelly Franklin

 

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You are guilty as charged! Baby pics with wide, toothless Gerber smiles, throw-back Thursday snapshots with high top fades, and candids in your old school bubble prom dresses – raise your hand if you’ve ever posted one or more of these things on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Chronicling your life on social media is the “it” thing nowadays. Folk post stuff like, “enjoying a night out with the hubs, feeling so loved right now.” But the question is…do you really? How can you be when you’re too busy posting memories on Facebook rather than creating them with your boo? 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.

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  • Jennifer

    Also, to add to my earlier comment and respond to some of the other comments, we all have the ability to unfriend, unfollow, hide or ignore posts and people that share things we don’t want to see. Even if you don’t agree with a point of view, aren’t happy to see the one millionth baby picture or don’t find someone else’s food shot appetizing, isn’t that your issue, not their’s? Wouldn’t you simply ignore the post, hide it in your newsfeed or disconnect from that person? Or should your intolerance cause you to reflect on what is really bothering you about the post? Clearly negative posts or inappropriate content can be a turn off. But if you can’t rejoice at a baby picture or admire someone’s selfie, provided it’s not the one millionth picture, could that be a sign that you have an issue with that person or are unhappy with yourself? IJS

  • Jennifer

    I agree some of these types of posts–bosh bashing, judgement, drama–can be toxic and can do more harm than good. But if you’re also saying don’t brag, post baby photos or selfies or vent about your frustrations, it seems that social media isn’t a place where people can be themselves or share any of the things going on in their lives. I think individuals need to consider how their posts reflect on them and make sure they’re respecting themselves and others. Beyond that, too many restrictions can take all of the fun out of social media. Of course professionals need to be especially mindful of what they post, but the list above makes me wonder what, if anything, is okay.

  • Guest

    i used 2 over share all the time,thats why i only have twitter cause u cant really over share in 140 characters…

  • Miss D

    Thank goodness for the ability to block people in my news feed. Yes it’s social media, so you’re supposed to share things about your life…but people expect praise and reactions for doing everyday ish. You ate a sandwich and took a shower, CONGRATS!!!!

    And what’s with people referring to their friends as “facebook family”? So weird.

  • Kenedy

    I am proud to say I do NOT own a facebook or twitter account! lol

  • 4ThWardGA

    It’s going to be a lot of lonely people in they’re 40s and 50s cause according to Facebook once these children leave all these people will have no life my mother is 54 single and calls me everyday I wish a man would sweep her off my lap please lol :)

  • scandalous7

    so what do you post then?

  • NJ2

    I have a fb “friend” that will post atleast 15 new pictures of herself every couple of days. Initially it was just her posing but I think someone said something because now she throws in a couple of pictures of her kids (but guaranteed she will always be in the other 5 that day). FB makes it easy for narcissists to get the attention they crave. Maybe that is a public good??

  • Computer Guy

    OK..i thought I was the only one that got annoyed by baby pictures. I feel like a monster but I just get tired of seeing baby pictures with captions like “my little diva” or “2 months going on 21″…or even worse where they’re typing as the baby describing what they’re doing..ugh. EVERY…SINGLE..DAY.

  • MzFitt

    If I see one more “happy” couple sitting at dinner on their phones taking pics of themselves and throwing up deuces, I’m going to (((((SCREAM)))). They’re so into their phones and not each other! SMDH. Also, Instagram has people feeling themselves way too much; it’s like they have become narcissistic.

  • moemiel

    Sounds like ppl shouldnt hv social media acct. If i cannot express my opinion on my wall where exactly can I do so…and sometimes u gotta see who is tagged for baby pics…

  • Realityh03$Anonymous….ohwait

    i recently went back 2 twitter, i share info about where i am but not too much… the babies pictures and in the womb can be rather annoying like okay, u have a kid… stop showing me already.

  • The Dyv

    Let’s not forget the annoying food pics!

    • Alexis Morris

      Yes girl! Its even worse when the food gross

      • The Dyv

        Right! LOL

  • empresstala

    i dont share anything on fb or any social site. i dont know half the ppl that friend me and i dont feel the need to update my status every 2secs or tell ppl personal things that could come back and bite me in the a** later

    • hollyw

      You don’t know half the ppl that friend you..? OR send you a friend request lol? Slight difference.

      • empresstala

        ok

        • hollyw

          …I was asking if you meant one or the other.

          • empresstala

            ok

            • hollyw

              Lmbo smdh girl, BYE.

              • empresstala

                ok

  • Alexis Morris

    I have a friend on fb with a baby with stomach problems and she is always telling us in details of his vomit and details, well the other day she posted a pic of him eating jalepeno dip! Maybe not the best choice

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