When I saw this week’s topic was “something you might not know,” I thought, “Hmm… What might my readers not know about me?”
Then it occurred to me: I’m a pretty open person, and chances are that if I haven’t shared something publicly, there’s a reason, and that reason may be as simple as “some things are meant to be private.”
We live in an era where we can broadcast every thought, every inclination, every mundane activity across a wide platform, sharing something as banal as a photograph of our breakfast with our friends and online acquaintances (guilty as charged).
And that’s fine. But the line between “sharing” and “over-sharing” is a thin one, and more than a few friends and acquaintances have crossed it, giving me insight into an aspect of their lives that, quite frankly, they probably should have kept to themselves.
I realize the line I refer to isn’t the same for everyone. Some people feel perfectly comfortable seeing a photograph of their college ex-boyfriend’s former roommate’s wife’s sonogram, or hearing a former colleague’s daily detailed account of his or her gym routine. The point at which one might say, “Okay, I didn’t need to know that,” isn’t the same for everyone. Plenty of my Twitter followers probably don’t care all that much about the tomatoes I grew in my garden.
But I do think there are certain things about ourselves we should keep private — some things we share only with special people in our lives, the ones who have earned our trust and the right to know those things about us. So while I’m happy to share bits about me and my life with the world at large, there are some aspects of my life I like to keep to myself, and — Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram be damned — I probably always will.
In the spirit of sharing…tell me: what are your thoughts on sharing personal information online?