Are We Sharing Too Much On Social Media?


4 billion.

That’s the number of things shared on Facebook.


Pictures, videos, links, status updates – anything and everything that can be expressed digitally is done so on Facebook at incredible (alarming?) rates.

Add Twitter, Google+, Tagged, LinkedIn, and YouTube and suddenly you have the beginning of what Summify calls, “The Impending Sharepocalypse.

I prefer to think of it Sharemageddon.

This infographic breaks down how much we share and why it’s a bad thing. Some will say that the more we share, the better things will be. If everything is shared, can the real important things that need to be shared cut through all of the noise? That’s the real question, isn’t it?

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JD Rucker

+JD Rucker is Editor at Soshable, a Social Media Marketing Blog. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, and founder of Dealer Authority. He drinks a lot of coffee, usually in the form of a 5-shot espresso over ice. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

35 thoughts on “Are We Sharing Too Much On Social Media?

  1. It is okay to share, maybe a photo or a story but some people are sharing just way to much information which can target you or your family. Play it safe, make sure that you don’t post pictures of your children, nice but a little risky considering the creeps that look for just that. Nothing is one hundred percent secure so you really need to be mindful of that one. Do people also realize by posting pictures of bad behavior for example one person that I use to be friends with on face book posted pictures of herself being fondled by two men at a bar and she thought it was funny, yeah real funny when you are trying to get employment employers are looking for just those things not to hire you, the person is mind you in her mid forties the boys that is what they were are maybe all of 25years old, found that creepy and made sure I removed her right away. That is what some people are doing and to me very risky, best to keep any private things private and just share knowledge perhaps a joke or two or play games but information should be always kept at a minimum to avoid any thing that might in essence ruin your life.

  2. I agree with deborah, it is not a question of how much is being shared buy what is being shared. TMI should be avoided especially if it is potentially harmful to you or your family. It is also important to remember that Social Media is a way of becoming known on the Internet. I guess it is all about balance.

  3. It’s hard to imagine people sharing even more than they do now in social media. It already seems like it’s getting out of hand. The key for social media sharing in the future will be whether or not the medium still remains interesting. In order for that to happen it needs to continue to evolve.

  4. I know that in the last few years social media has increased exponentially but I don’t think that sharing things is necessarily a bad thing. I realize that I am a 21 year old college student so I was raised with technology and the idea that you can be in constant communication with all of my friends and family. I still remember the day I got texting. It was a great day!! But like a lot of people my age I had a Xanga and a Myspace and now I have Facebook, Twitter and Blogger. I think that this is just how things have evolved. I realize my grandparents don’t find it necessary to update everyone on everything they do (even though my grandpa does have a Facebook) but if I didn’t have a cell phone or computer I know that I would feel very removed from the situation. It is comforting to know that I have all the knowledge I need at the click of a button. With so much information available to us I just can’t see how we aren’t better off now then we were before.

  5. Social media are communication tools. We can use the wisely or unwisely. Most of the interest seems to be on how much we can do, rather than whether we should.

    The ease with which we can communicate requires more vigilance to avoid sharing the wrong things — risque pics, snide comments than we may not have done but are now linked to you online. My area is healthcare and I’m not sure how healthy all the sharing really is. I hope I’m wrong.

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