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?
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.
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.” 🙂