- acronym for “too much information”.
Person A: I meed to take a dump.
Person B: TMI, I did not need to know that!
Show of hands if you have ever revealed too much information on the internet?
If I weren’t typing, my two hands would be in the air right now. Not that I reveal such Tmi’s like ‘taking a dump’, or anything about ‘periods’ or stuffs like that, but sometimes I say something on the internet that reveals more of who I am than I wish to reveal. And there are people who reveal way too much information that I cringe just reading it.
I feel it is the social media effect because prior to this time (the emergence of social media), people did not have an avenue to reveal much to others especially strangers. The only way you could know much about a person, is if the person had told you in person or if a gossip filled you in. 😀 You know what I mean? Now, especially on Facebook, people put so much on their status update that I can’t help but wonder why. I don’t remember the first time I heard about Facebook or Twitter or blogs or even Hi5 (is it?) or MySpace. But since then, I have noticed that a lot of people have blurred the lines between social media and real life. People started revealing so much of who they are and what they are thinking on social media, so much so that when you meet them in person, they say everything too!
Recently on Facebook, someone posted that she has a crush on one of her bosses. Another said he was about to have sex. One said he just did and enjoyed it so much. Another said she was having a ‘good time’ with her boyfriend. One posted a picture of some cash on a shirt, with a wrist watch, a ‘gold’ chain and a phone on a
scattered bed in a dirty room. The room was so bad, I would have thought he was just being sarcastic if I did not see the caption “Living the life, who God has blessed, no man can curse” (I am not really sure of the caption used, but something like that). Some tell about the fights they had with their bfs and gfs, while others post pictures of food they are about to eat.
My question is, is all that necessary?
Someone said that social media is the most self-centered place to be. I agree. It’s such an irony considering that the word ‘social’ has little to do with self-centeredness. It’s a place where you can talk and talk and everyone has to listen. Once you have read a status update, you cannot un-read it. And as you can trust, people use that medium to go on and on about how awesome their lives are and at the same time how they deal with ‘haters’.
Last week, my friend and I were going somewhere but couldn’t get a cab. After a while, we saw one but the cab driver told us he already had a customer waiting for him. The customer was a fine looking man and he was
flirtatious gracious enough to ask us to share the cab with him since we were going in the same direction.
As we entered the car, he received a phone call. When his call was over, he turned to us including the cab driver and started telling us the story of his life. He was telling us who the person who called him is, how the guy had beat his wife who was now in the hospital and he was begging for money to pay her bills of 40k. How, he himself had to send him 45k out of the 60 k he had for the weekend. How he is divorced. How he had a big house but had to rent it out because the house was too big for him and he was hearing noises. How he works at so and so place, how marriage is not by force, how this and how that… phew!
I was appalled. I felt like asking if his wife divorced him because he talks too much. We were not even responding and he kept talking. The moment the cab driver nodded at his ‘marriage is not by force’ speech it was like fuel to his fire. Imagine if I has said “is that so?” Bam! He would have talked my head off.
Good thing he paid for the cab, it was a small consolation. 🙂
Anyway, my point is and I am also talking to myself, we really should be careful of how much information we reveal concerning ourselves. Let’s hold on to a little mystery. I really do not need to know all that goes on in your house especially in your relationships. If you’re bored, write in a diary and keep it to yourself.