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Do We Share Too Much Online?

23rd Jan 2020

Social networking platforms are meant for communication and sharing your encounters with other people. But people need to be careful with the amount or the kind of information they share online as what one shares can affect the way people see him/her.

Almost everyone these days is on social media; Facebook, Instagram, and others. As long as you have access to the Internet, you are able to connect with anyone at any place on the globe. Having a social media account gives people a chance to share information about themselves, trending topics, games, or anything they find interesting. But many people share too much information and that can be dangerous. Social media has many benefits, but the instant nature of posting and sharing means it’s incredibly easy to give too much information away, whether it’s personal information, opinions or private photographs.

Over-sharing can have negative consequences, including providing personal details to undesirable people and damaging your online reputation. So what type of information that is usually over-shared? 

  • Posting personal information about your family, friendships and relationships
  • Using social networking platforms as a way of venting emotions and opinions
  • Sharing videos or images that are supposed to be private or are inappropriate
  • Sharing embarrassing content
  • Posting what you are eating
  • Checking in to any place you go or sharing your location through apps
  • Revealing what you are up to each and every time

Dangers of sharing too much on social media

Strangers will know where you are located

When you share your location on social media posts, you expose your whereabouts. Stalkers will be able to get the details they need to reach you and you don’t know what they might do to you.

Targeted open search feature

Even after setting the highest level of restriction in the privacy settings, you can still be found online. Hackers target anybody and share a lot about you, like revealing your phone number and location will give hackers what they need to steal from you.

It is not healthy

If you are always on social media posting about yourself trying to compare yourself with others, you can end up with depression, jealousy and even low self-esteem. You will even start feeling that you need to share everything that happens in your life so that you can look interesting in order to overcome your feelings.

Identity theft

If a person wants to stalk or target you in any way, he/she will know a lot about you by going through your social media profile. This is what will put you at risk of identity stealing. From your social media account, a person can get other details to forge your identity.

It can ruin your reputation

If you share something bad or inappropriate without properly thinking, there can be serious consequences.

Important tips on what to avoid posting on social media:

Avoid telling people what you eat at home

A study has shown that when people share superficial information online, it affects their relationships. The people who are close to you will feel dissatisfaction in their relationship with you.

Avoid whining

A study showed that social media users hate negative content. And when strangers see what you post, you will get more negative emotions and will be less liked by strangers.

Avoid showing off your romantic relationship

We are not saying you should keep your romantic relationship completely private. Just avoid the extremely lovey-dovey content. Limit your display of affection to you and your partner and not to everyone online.

Avoid being self-centered

People who constantly share self-oriented content are likely to get less engagement from other social media users. This might create a bad impression of who a person is, as the aim of social media is to connect and you are just focusing on yourself.

If you have a social media account, you must have posted a trending topic or something a bit personal. It is okay to share anything you want online but avoid revealing too much personal information. Share details about yourself in a manner that gives others a complete impression of who you really are. Keep your tone positive as this will make a good impression and help ensure your online experience is happy, healthy and safe.

 

Written By Thomas Glare, January 2020

Author’s Bio

This article was composed by a writer who also works as an advisor. Thomas Glare talks to young people about the dangers they can get themselves into with what they share on social media platforms. He also has a social media page where people can get useful advice.

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