I’m not even going to interview myself for this one. Some people need to buy a diary, find a pen and let the magic happen. I get it, freedom of expression and whatnot but damn. No one needs a blow by blow of your life and you definitely don’t need to document every single thing that happens.
Example: I was leaving work one day and I saw a couple engaging in PDA. The girl ran towards the guy and jumped into his arms dramatically. That alone is fine. The third person taking pictures was a bit much. It had Snapchat/Instagram fodder all over it. And yeah, I guess there does need to be someone on hand to take these pictures but if a selfie stick won’t suffice, you’re doing too much. Bringing a third wheel along so they can be on picture duty is just unnecessary.
Obviously PDA is the opposite of being private but uh…I would like to be able to walk around without watching people try to eat each other’s faces off.
What you ate: Congratulations. You can afford food. And several meals. Fantastic. Taking a picture is fine. Posting it is…well it’s a choice that people could make less. Still. That’s just the world we live in. I took a picture of my first bubble tea. Of course, I was too busy drinking it to take a picture so it looked like this:
Naturally, I didn’t post it.
Every single outfit that you wear: We don’t need to see your outfit of the day every single day. Buy a scrapbook or open a Flickr account.
Every thought that pops into your head: Take it from me, a former person who posted almost every damn thought I had, no one is that interesting and there are some things that only make sense to the person thinking it. Two days later it might not even make sense to them.
A blow-by-blow of whatever episode of TV you’re watching: Just shut up. And I realise the irony given that I used to post blow-by-blow recaps of SPN but there’s that and there’s 30+ tweets about a 40 min show. One is more excessive than the other.
A blow-by-blow of personal crisis: This is just my personal opinion but if you’re going through some shit, go through it. From experience I can tell you that offering a constant account isn’t helpful. And also it makes people wonder how bad it really is when your first thought is to document it on social media. They ask questions. You get defensive. Rinse. Repeat.
Selfies: We live in the age of narcissism. That’s cool and all but when will people get over the fact that they can take pictures of themselves and post them online?
So, yeah. I definitely hate oversharing. And I also find it ironic that the worst offenders are often talking about privacy. Unfortunately, they can’t have it both ways.
This doubles as my response to this prompt.