Monday, March 23, 2009

How Much Is Too Much?

So I blog, and I facebook, and I've even joined twitter. I like to write and even more, I like to talk, incessantly, all the time, to the point that people might actually secretly wish I'd just shut up...

Yup, as anyone who knows me knows... I'm a big ol' talker.

But in the land of facebook, blogging, et al... I am occasionally disturbed by the way that the Internet erases privacy. I mean, do I really want to be Internet friends with people I haven't spoken to since I was 12? Do I want to dredge up the past with all those I have left behind?

Ironically the answer is both yes and no. No, because there are just some memories, phases of life, and fashion moments that I'd like to permanently forget. Yes, because well, they are all a part of who I've become and as much as it took me a long time to get here, I'm pretty stoked about here. Besides, it's just kind of fun to see what everyone has done (and I mean that in a non-competitive way, honest!) One high school friend went into furniture design, which was something that I'd have never thought of doing but was completely fascinated by her decision. I love it when past people surprise me with the unexpected choices they've made. It's fantastic.

Back to my original point: do I really care about what you ate for breakfast and vice versa, do you really care that I'm still marking? Probably not. But every now and again those shared tidbits of the mundane lead to interesting conversations and insights into people you thought you knew or think you know...

So while I'm somewhat of a reluctant voyeur who still gets a little weirded out by the loss of privacy that social networking brings into our lives, I am also a glutton for wanton over-sharing. Drunk or sober, I tend to spill the beans. Secrets have never been my forté. And I have never believed in keeping skeletons in the closet. In fact, if I were ever to have a motto it might go something like: Drag those skeletons out, shake 'em off, and start dancing baby! Yeah, something like that!

2 comments:

  1. ha ha ha. As I was reading this, all I could think was how similar we are! I like to dance with my skeletons too.

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  2. @Kaighla: While I know that boundaries are important given how accessible the Internet can make our lives (employment, etc), I tend to work with the idea that keeping our skeletons hidden only causes them to haunt us. That said, I believe maintaining balance is the key.

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