A few weeks ago, one of my social media friends (this is someone I have never met in person but know online) posted a series of messages about her latest doctor’s appointment, the procedures done and the conversation she had with her physician. Another social media friend posted a message about his girlfriend switching her birth control and what a pain it was. When I read the 140-character messages I was taken aback. TMI – Too Much Information.

With the growing popularity of social media sites, these situations are becoming the norm today, not the exception. These topics are intimate, personal and not meant for public consumption. With the steady increase of such messages, there seems to be a general lack of understanding on what should remain private. We have lost the idea of what is intimate to us.

Doctor’s appointments, medical ailments, personal relationships, and even trips to the bathroom are now being broadcast to the entire world. And those who are heavily involved in social media outlets find it increasingly necessary to post continuously and share more about themselves.

But, I don’t think it needs to be that way. And actually if you look at some of the most proficient social media trail blazers they are not posting about every little bodily function and event. They post useful information, inspirational quotes, and their opinions on various matters.

We need to regain our understanding of what is intimate to us as human beings and live a kind of modesty in sharing the events of our lives with others through social media. Our followers and some friends do not have the right or privilege to know all the ins and out of our personal lives. 

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Katie Hinderer

Katie Hinderer is a freelance writer and social media enthusiast. She holds a degree in Journalism from Marquette University. Over the years she has transitioned from traditional publishing...