overkill of overshare?

There is no doubt that social media is an ever-growing phenomenon but is it all becoming a little OTT with the TMI? Take Facebook, people would happily name it as one of the great wonders of the world, it has spanned countless articles, books, and now a major Hollywood movie about its creation starring Justin Timberlake. There is no doubt that Facebook allows you to keep in touch with friends and family, express your views and share your life.  The question is; where is the fine line between sharing and over share? Is it really necessary to tell the world who you hate or exactly why your boyfriend/girlfriend is cheating scum? Have some self-respect and restraint. It’s not even just Facebook, countless people all over the world adore Sex and the City and there is no denying is hilarious, purely for the girls’ embarrassing encounters. But what about everyone else involved? The men featured in the storylines or the women mentioned? Even if it’s not their real name that’s used, they must know it’s about them. How must they feel having their intimate stories made public in first a column, then a book, then a TV series, then two major motion pictures? Probably not very good. Also this month saw the release of Eat.Pray.Love, an empowering story about one woman’s journey of self discovery after a messy divorce. The book sold 8million copies and was passed from mother to daughter, friend to friend like a treasured possession. It’s a great read, however I couldn’t help thinking about her ex-husband. Surely a book about his ex-wives’ struggle to get away from him and her subsequent escape abroad would not be an easy read. Would he not like to tell his side of the story? As it turns out he does, as he is publishing his own memoirs. Good on him.

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2 Responses

  1. Caitlin, this is great. I have found myself frequently cringing at status updates from spurned exes, friends etc. These people managed perfectly well having a private bitch before facebook provided a public forum and there is something very undignified about naming and shaming people in this way. The worst one I saw recently was between two family members which had fallen out over borrowed money. They have each others telephone numbers and addressess yet one of them felt the need to share their dispute with the facebook community. Very embarrassing and unfair for the person on the receiving end of it. I think this is a good example of how social networking can get out of hand. Great post.

  2. I argee… I have been on facebook today and now know wayyyy too much about my friends and their relationships.

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