This Tip Will Make Your Social Media Activity More Mindful

What do the internet and the phrase ‘too much information’ have in common? Everything.


What do the internet and the phrase ‘too much information’ have in common? Everything. The biggest cause of anti-social behavior online? A lack of boundaries.

According to a peer-reviewed study carried out by Princeton and Freie Universität researchers, we spend approximately 30 percent of face-to-face conversations talking about ourselves, whereas this number jumps to 80 percent online.

The lack of social cues like apoplectic faces; lobotomized stares and raised eyebrows makes it easier for us to go rogue with a narcissistic monologue or way-too-personal information.

Nothing warrants an ‘unfollow’ more than conspicuous oversharing. In the interests of proper selfie etiquette, it’s therefore advisable to find your filter – not those on your social media apps but rather the one on your pesky trigger finger. Give yourself a privacy calorie count – a daily posting cap to keep you from overindulging. Make like porridge and operate a slow-release policy. A selfie fest only puts others in a carb coma.

If in doubt, remember: behave the same online as you would offline. In other words, don’t dominate the virtual airspace with a one-sided conversation. And put the skids on self-disclosure while you’re at it. Ask yourself ‘why’ before you go TMI.

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