Q&A: Have Social Media Influencers Created a Generation of Over-Sharers?

Maybe. Maybe not. It depends on your definition. Before we can say whether or not social media has created a culture of “oversharing,” we need to really examine what oversharing even means.

Is someone who posts about their battle with depression oversharing? What about the young woman posting about her struggles with body image? Or the man who’s feeling lost after college?

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I’m not just being obtuse here. I know there are definitely times when we all have to mute a close friend on social media because we just can’t stand another “OOTD” or relationship update post. However, there are also people who just aren’t comfortable openly talking about unpleasant topics and will label any of those conversations as “oversharing.”

Personally, I believe in sharing my experiences with others—the good and the bad. Of course, I keep some things to myself, but I also want to provide a balance to the fake lives that most people post to social media.

I want to talk about the dirt—the mess that we try desperately to hide from other people. Maybe if I do, it can help another person to realize that they’re not alone, that much of what they see on social media is not real.

While it’s true that social media has given us the ability to broadcast our every conscious thought (even the ones we should probably keep to ourselves), I’d also say that social media has also encouraged people to share emotions and experiences that tend to get swept under the rug. Heck, maybe we could all stand to be a bit more open about our experiences.

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Chief Marketing Officer at Michaels Wilder and an entrepreneur since before the average person knew what that even meant, Mike has helped countless businesses build effective sales and marketing strategies. His philosophy is, “If you’re not thinking 10 years ahead, you’re already behind.” Mike’s content has appeared in Forbes Magazine, Inc. and Apple News. He has also been featured numerous times as a “Top 10 Writer” worldwide on the Q&A content site, Quora.

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Chief Marketing Officer Michaels WIlder

Opinions are my own and not the views of my employer.

Chief Marketing Officer at Michaels Wilder and an entrepreneur since before the average person knew what that even meant, Mike has helped countless businesses build effective sales and marketing strategies. His philosophy is, “If you’re not thinking 10 years ahead, you’re already behind.” Mike’s content has appeared in Forbes Magazine, Inc. and Apple News. He has also been featured numerous times as a “Top 10 Writer” worldwide on the Q&A content site, Quora.

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