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Sharing or Oversharing?

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Ultrasound pictures, babies pooping, medical test results, bathroom habits. That’s not just a list of things that can make some people uncomfortable, it’s also a list of pictures and topics I’ve seen show up on my Facebook feed in the last couple of days.

Social media is great. It allows us to keep in touch with people who we may not otherwise be able to keep up with. School friends, summer camp friends, family who live far away, etc. Without social media we may not know about their triumphs, their disappointments, and their clever insights. But where do we draw the line between sharing and oversharing?

That’s a genuine question, by the way, not just rhetorical. I’ve heard some people say that there’s nothing wrong with knowing the most intimate details of the lives of those they care about, while others have said that there should be a limit to what we put out there publicly.

So what do you think, is there such a thing as oversharing, or is it a good thing to be able to keep up with everything (and I do mean everything) that our friends and family are doing?


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