Saturday, 19 February 2011

Am I over-sharing?



I feel like I have neglected my blog these last few weeks. Work has been busy, home has been busy and I spend an awful lot of time quite tired. So it gets put to one side.
But, there is something on my mind and where better to share it than here.

My question to you all out in the blogosphere is; are we over sharing on our social media sites.

Recently I have seen two friends of mine, both male, poor their hearts out on Facebook. They are sharing their feelings in a way I wouldn't be comfortable sharing mine.

Neither of these friends have spoken to me about their feelings in this way and I find it odd they can put them out there in the world like that.

Don't get me wrong,I have expressed my grumpiness freely on Facebook and Twitter, and talked about my leukaemia openly here.

My friends, however, have shared proper heart wrenching feelings, feelings of sadness, loss, depression...Has the world changed so much that rather than talking to our 'physical, in the flesh' friends we just get it all out of our system on line?

In fairness, I have talked before about how I sometimes feel closer to my on line friends (the one's I have met) than some of my oldest and dearest friends, so I do kinda get it, but it is so out there...Everyone can see.

The truth is, I see my dark inner feelings as a weakness and something I am not particularly proud off. I don't want my work colleagues, friends, family and all en sundry to be burdened with them. Those of you who know me well may get the brunt of a bad day, but on the whole not something I want shared with everyone.

One of the friends has expressed so much that I am actually thinking about hiding their comments from view as they are so so sad and it is like a bubbling brook of emotion. I can't handle it. Does that make me a bad person?

Maybe it's a British stiff upper lip thing where we repress everything. I don't know, but I am definitely struggling with the sharing

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