We all have that one Facebook friend who feels compelled to update everyone on every single life event they have, whether it be a paper cut that “could have killed” them or how much alcohol they consumed the night before and how much they “wish Macdonalds delivered”. But are we all guilty of oversharing on social media?
As a PR student, we were taught right at the beginning of the course that we need to clean up our social media sites. I’ve always got the hint this mainly means no drunken photos in club toilets with randomers, but also having nothing that will stop future employers/work placements employing you such as your 400 word long rant about how ‘annoying this customer was so I told her to eff off’. Fair enough, you had a tough day, but why not rant about this on private messenger (or, if you’re feeling adventurous, face to face with someone?! Dun dun duhh!) instead so it can’t be held against you in the future.
When I was 13/14, I definitely overshared on Social Media, which Timehop just loves to remind me of. Why did I think, 5 years ago, that anyone cared that my sister just plucked my eyebrows?! Because I’m now fairly certain no one gave a toss. It all comes down to the fact that, primarily our generation, like to get attention in the form of likes and re-tweets. Why else would we share anything in the first place if it’s unlikely to get a reaction? I know I probably wouldn’t!
It’s not just us normal folk who can be guilty of oversharing on social media. We all know Miley Cyrus has been slightly off her rocker the last couple of years, but she likes to regularly share photos of her..um..woman hood with her Instagram followers. Whatever floats your boat, Miley…
This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t tweet or write status’ about our thoughts, opinions and day out in London, but, ever since I’ve been a PR student, I always say to myself ‘do I want this to be on google for, like, ever?’ before I click send. Works a treat.
Do you think we have a tendency to overshare on social media just to get likes and re-tweets it? Let me know what you think below!