We are raised to share. From toddlerhood, we are all taught that it’s polite to share with our friends. It’s considered selfish not to do so. If you’re a parent, you’ve no doubt uttered the words, “We SHARE our toys.”
For the most part, I agree with this philosophy, whether it’s sharing with our friends and family, or with those who are less fortunate than we are.
Now, in this social media-saturated world that we live in, sharing is not only encouraged, it’s incredibly EASY to do. A little too easy, in my opinion. Everything online is shareable now, from status updates to photos to customer reviews.
(I’m not even going to get into why you shouldn’t post certain things online—that’s been covered by many others and a little basic common sense should tell you that it’s best not to share that photo of you and your friends hitting the hash pipe, or even less obvious things like don’t post photos of your completed election ballot.)
No, I’m talking about the crap that’s just plain annoying. Daily horoscopes. Pointless check-ins on Foursquare. EVERY motivational quote you come across. Those quirky, photographic “sayings” on Facebook (yeah, you know what I’m talking about) that you feel the need to share on your page, with a “RIGHT ON!” or a “SO TRUE!” tacked on to it. Every single stinkin pin you make on Pinterest.
Sometimes it’s okay to just see something, like it, and keep it to yourself. Really, it’s okay! Give yourself permission NOT to share. Adjust your sharing settings, and certainly spread the word when appropriate, but use a little common sense before clicking that “share” button.
When you share everything, you share nothing, because people will stop listening.