Only you can decide not to publicly share details about your bowel movements.
Yet for many people – yes, Al Roker, we’re referring to you – oversharing has become a disease.
An epidemic really.
So for those of you still unsure of what you should or should not share, here’s a handy list of five areas to avoid. Feel free to clip it out and hang it with a magnet from your refrigerator door.
No. 1: Risqué photographs (yes, I know using the word “risqué” makes me look old)
Save the bikini shots for your private photo albums instead of uploading them to Facebook. Do you really want the interns at work downloading them to their hard drives?
Do you really want to be a screensaver for the IT guy?
No. 2: Medical records and details
Of course your friends, family and co-workers want to know that you’re healthy. But no one – and I mean no one – wants to the see the snapshots of the interior of your colon.
Nor do we need to be provided the details of what exactly exited your body during that nasty bout with the stomach flu.
No. 3: Pillow talk
Yes, I know you love your wife on her birthday or on your wedding anniversary. But I’m right here. All of us are. So keep the whispered sweet nothings, you know, private. When you gush about the beauty of your loved one on Facebook it brings up images of showers: hot, soapy ones for us to become a clean again and a long cold one for you.
This rule goes double for the so-cute-I’m-gonna-puke nicknames.
Okay, Pickle Lick?
No. 4: Foul opinions about your co-workers, friends and family
Because talking about them when they can read what you’re saying is taking passive aggressive to whole new heights. Towering heights.
And it does more harm to you than it does to them.
No. 5: Illegal activities
Drunk driving. Dating minors. Smoking pot. Vandalizing graveyards. Burying the dead bodies. You know, stuff you can go to jail for.
Don’t post them on social networks because law enforcement will notice.
And, well, so will everyone else.
Feel free to add to the list. What areas and/or topics do you think everyone should avoid sharing on social channels?
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