It Still Happened — I’m Trying to Break the Oversharing Habit *
If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Or, how about this…
If a birthday party, or a delicious meal, or a family outing takes place, but it isn’t Tweeted, Instagrammed, or Facebooked — did it really happen?
While I know in my head and heart that the answer to that question is a resounding yes, my own oversharing habit makes me realize that I am not appreciating enough quiet moments and milestones in my life.
I’ve been sharing bits and pieces of my life online since I was sixteen years old. I am — without question — an oversharer.
I think that we all make the personal decision when it comes to degree in which we share our private lives with with the world. After all, comfort zones vary so much from person to person.
However, I do think that these comfort levels can change and flux over time. Maybe it’s perspective, or maturity, or even just burn out, but I am feeling the urge to modify the way I operate online.
I’m not going to make any specific declarations as far as how I’ll be changing my own behavior on my blog and on social media, but I’ll definitely be following my instincts and making changes accordingly.
Changes in 2013
I definitely want to unplug more in 2013.
Even when I’m not sharing my life on social media, I’m usually taking photos, and I also want to break my camera-toting addiction. Yes, capturing memories is important, but every single moment of life that we share with our kids does not need to be documented.
I know that being tied to a camera causes me to sometimes be detached from the actions and events right under my nose. I want to leave my iPhone in my purse, leave my DSLR at home, and just live within the little pockets of time and experience that make up my life.
I’m not saying that I won’t be writing about my life, or posting personal photos, but going forward I am toning it down — especially when it comes to my kids.
It’s not like I’m suddenly having some revelation that it can be questionable to share images and information about children online, I am very conscious of that, I’m really just feeling like a change is in order for the first time. I can’t really articulate it beyond that.
Do You Overshare?
Have you ever felt the urge to stop sharing so many pieces of your personal life with the world at large? How do you determine how much is too much?