How Much Is Too Much To Share?

We are at an interesting time in history.  I was raised in an era where I was taught “what goes on this house stays in this house.”

Those times have changed. We live in an era of social networking. Every thing we think, feel, and do gets recorded for prosperity.  There are those who use social media to share their deepest thoughts. Others hide behind the anonymity of it.  They express themselves in ways and say things that they would never say directly to someone’s face. We saw the most blatant examples of this during the most recent election cycle.

In this era of bloggers, personal websites, etc. it has become apparent that in order to gain readers, advertisers, additional clicks and the likes one has to show their human side. Naturally that involves sharing details of your life.

But the question begs to be answered: how much is too much? l find that people’s opinion on this topic varies depending on their degree of social engagement. Those with low to moderate engagement question why folks would share so much information with “the whole world.” Those with a greater level of interaction are more tolerant of the sharing but generally keep certain aspects of their lives more private than others.

My opinion is that it’s all a matter of personal choice. For some sharing is cathartic. I don’t think it’s for others to judge. I just suggest caution. If you’re sharing information/pictures that can be used against you- especially in an employment situation, then please beware. If you are sharing personal information about your children especially young children, be VERY careful.  My rule for many years was not to share photos of my children or their names. As they’ve grown older (and reached adulthood in one case) I’ve relaxed my stance somewhat. But more often than not they’re still “the boy” (now referred to as the man) and “the girl.”

The bottom line is do you, Boo but be careful.  It’s not always safe out here in these internet streets.

Spread Love,

Peace and Blessings

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