Sharing?

We live in such an electronically connected age. It brings the thought to mind about what we share on social media.

Do you think people in general over-share?

Oversharing

I’m going to pick on Facebook.  Take a look at most anyone’s Facebook page and odds are that you’ll know where they’ve been (Check-ins), what they’ve eaten in the past few days, what interests them, who their friends are, their children and grandchildren, their marital status, their birthday, and most likely their political views.

Maybe that’s good. Maybe that’s bad. I suppose it’s all in perspective.

The reality is that it is the world we live in.

I made a decision early on with Facebook that I would not post anything negative on my page. For the most part, I’ve kept with that decision. Of course, I have days when I feel down. Should I post it? Probably not. Because, by the time everyone finishes responding and trying to cheer me up, I’ll have forgotten all about it and wonder what they’re talking about.  So, I try to keep it free of negativity.  When I feel down is when I’ll post something like one of these. 🙂

Another social media rule I practice is to avoid politics and religion. I firmly believe Facebook is not the place to have heated arguments, and yet I see it happen all the time.

Political Views

Don’t get me wrong. I love Facebook. It is the perfect way for me to see pictures of my step-great-granddaughter in Las Vegas, Nevada whom I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting. It is the perfect place to share my blog posts and pictures of interesting places I go, as well as discover new and interesting places others visit. It is the perfect place to promote events and celebrate birthdays. It is the perfect place to celebrate milestones and anniversaries. It is the perfect place to stay in touch with friends and family that I don’t see on a regular basis.

But, have we turned Facebook into an over-sharing cesspool? I’d really like to hear your thoughts about all of the open sharing on social media in general. Where is it headed?

I know most of you follow John Howell’s blog and see his Top Ten Lists. Hmmm, John, have you ever done one about posting on Facebook?  Well, if not, here’s an idea. “Top Ten Things NOT to Share on Facebook.” 🙂

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22 thoughts on “Sharing?

  1. Jan, I agree with you 100%, it has become a Sharing cesspool, but like you said it’s our culture now. I try to stay positive on my page too.
    Yes John should post what not to share on fb.
    Love you Jan

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  2. I think I have to re-blog this on my site! My son and DIL don’t like my openness on FB, but I’m an author and interaction is important for fans and fun. I agree 1000% with: 1- no negativity 2-no politics 3-no religion 4-no complaining, whining, and on and on. That leaves? fun, silly, profound, beautiful, art, music, books, friends… I think that makes it all fun and perfect.

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    1. You nailed it, Lynda! As authors, we do have to put ourselves “out there” to try and sell our books. That being said, fun, silly, profound, beautiful, art, books, music and friends does make it the perfect place to share. I am happy to be connected to you on FB. And, of course, please re-blog, if you’d like. And, btw, I am currently reading, “Lie to Me.” 🙂

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      1. Great! I kind of LOVE that book. I took a risk with it, not sure if I wanted to publish it for many reasons. But LTM has been a good start for me in Contemporary Fiction and I’ve finished the first draft of the 2nd in the series !

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  3. I so agree with you, Jan. I suspect that those who are negative believe that somehow their passion transforms, while in actuality, it deadens. There’s a big difference. Our words are powerful and through them, we can create something hopeful or something terrible, neither has anything to do with political parties or religion. ♥

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    1. Well-said, Gwen. We forget sometimes that words do have power and we give them wings with our emotions. I honestly do believe there are folks on FB who are convinced they are going to change everyone’s views to match their own. I steer clear of those kinds of negative posts. Thank you so much for weighing in, Gwen. I do hope you are feeling better. Sending HUGS!!

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  4. Facebook–ugh! I am not a fan and never have been. It’s probably been over a year since I posted on my profile (it’s filled with friends tagging me, not my posts, LOL). The last post I made on my author page was when I released Cusp of Night. I stay on FB because I use it to run ads, but other than that I rarely ever log in. I tried SO MANY times to make it work for me, but it’s too much of a time suck, I’m too much of a private person, and I hate how it’s overrun with opinionated posts on controversial topics. From the time I ventured online in 2012 I made it a rule never to post on controversial subjects and never to comment on them when someone else does.
    I also don’t like the datamining FB does. Honestly, if Facbook imploded tomorrow, I wouldn’t miss it in the least!

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    1. That’s a strong opinion, Mae. 🙂 You are right in that it can be a time suck for sure. It’s easy to get lost in scrolling and lose an hour or more. You are a shining example of success without Facebook. I think so many of us are convinced that we need it to stay relevant and connected. Thank you for sharing, Mae. It would be hard to disconnect, but I may eventually try it.

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      1. Thanks for the kind words, Jan .:) I think it comes down to whatever works for you. The sad part is it’s almost impossible NOT to belong to FB. When there was flooding in my area recently and I was trying to find out which roads were close, those notices were posted on the local police department’s FB page! There’s just no getting around it, LOL!

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  5. I enjoy being able to talk to and “keep up with” friends and family I don’t see often using FB. That said I also believe some do tend to over share but I can just scroll on if I choose so it’s all okay.

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  6. I completely agree with you Jan. I try to never post religion and especially politics. I prefer the positive posts, too. I unfollow or ignore when someone gets too strong with their “opinions”…you are right it never changes anyone’s mind! I loved keeping up on what people are up to on Facebook and love seeing the pics. What a great idea for John’s blog:)

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  7. Yes I use Facebook to share with other writers and see what friends and relatives around the world are doing – as in beautiful places visited, not what they had for breakfast. Amazingly wonderful though my very varied family are, I never share their pictures or lives, because I don’t personally know all my Facebook friends and I’m on Facebook as a writer and amateur photographer not the real me!

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