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Too Much Information Posted on Social Media

Updated on July 16, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.

Many times people post on their social media pages without giving very much thought to how it will be received by their followers and others who will eventually see the post.

It is true that pages belong to the owners and they can post whatever they want. However, some people have a habit of posting too much information. Before posting, people should think about if the information is helpful, educational, inspirational or newsworthy.

If people are ever in doubt about what they are posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest, perhaps they should not be posting it at all. They should use the advice that "When in doubt, leave it out!"

Look through the list below and see if any of the examples apply to you.

Constantly Posting Food

Some people post whatever they eat whether the dish was made at a fancy restaurant or in their own kitchen. While some people often get away with it, some restaurants would rather that customers would not take photos of their dishes and post them on social media because the presentation is not always the way the chefs want their meals displayed.

You might say you paid for the food and it's your camera and your social media account, but the restaurant owners do have a point.

You might say it is your provocative to post photos of dishes made in your own kitchen. Truly, there is nothing blatantly wrong with it. In fact, it could be welcomed once in a while when there is something special about the dish. However, posting what you ate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is too much, especially when the dish is something simple like beans and franks.

Graphic Medical Information

A lot of people get sick, go to the doctor, or have a hospital stay. To let family and friends know about those things is fine. However, a complete medical report is not necessary to be shared with the world.

Telling everyone on your social media account that you had hemorrhoids removed is too much information especially when you go into graphic details.

Dangerous Posts

It is dangerous to post your exact whereabouts with details. Once you get into the habit of telling people where you are and where you are going with dates, times, and other information, people who troll you will know all the details and you become a perfect target for robbers.

It is better to tell people where you have been after you return home, but try to refrain from giving the world your itinerary in advance.

Things You Should Never Post on Social Media

A Disturbing Post

A very disturbing post came from a single mother of three. She wrote on Facebook for her 898 friends and others to see, " I am not wearing underwear today."

The young woman in her early 30s has a good-paying federal job. Why announce that to her colleagues? She is in a leadership position at her church. Was that something she wanted those she leads to see? What about her three young children which include two boys and one daughter? They might not have seen it themselves, but they might have heard about it from older friends at schools.

Worse of all, some men could have interpreted it as an invitation for easy access to her. Not only was that too much information, but it was also very personal that no one needed to know.

The police and safety experts say when you purchase electronics or other big ticket items not to put the box and wrappings in the trash without marking out your address and tearing up the box. That is so robbers will not steal your purchases when you are not home.

It is dangerous to advertise on social media what you have bought for yourself or what someone has given you if your address is visible in the photos.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Post

You might have good intentions about what you post on social media but think about it before you press that "post" button. Here are some things to ask yourself.

  • Will I be proud of it years from now?
  • Will my post embarrass my family and friends?
  • Am I putting myself and my family in danger?
  • Will my post hinder me from getting promotions on my job?
  • Will my post keep me from leadership positions in my church?
  • Will my post help others to grow spiritually?
  • Will my post cause someone to fall into sin?
  • What is the purpose of my post?
  • What message is my post conveying?
  • Am I bragging about something to make others feel bad?
  • How is my post helpful, or is it?

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Felicia, I have a Facebook friend who posts her breakfast, lunch and dinner meals all the time. She should follow your lead.

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      Felicia Johnson 

      7 months ago

      Very enlightening post. I was once guilty of posting "food pics." Whenever I would go to a resteraunt or simply meal prep or make meals in my kitchen, I had to let it be known on social media. I had to do a self-evaluation as to why I needed to posts those type of things in the first place. After praying about it, whenever I go to post anything on social media, God always asks me, what's my motive in posting whatever it is I am going to post. I am definitely going to use "When in doubt, leave it out!" I love that.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Tim, for reading and commenting. Thanks also for the Christmas greeting. Merry Christmas to you as well!

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      7 months ago from U.S.A.

      Excellent, Margaret.

      This is important because many people don't understand the need to protect their privacy and personal information. You gave good advice in this article.

      Also, people should learn how to activate and navigate their privacy settings on electronic devices. I recently cleared out my Google searches, for instance, and check my privacy settings on my laptop's operating system (OS).

      I like the saying you mentioned: "When in doubt, leave it out." I'll use that one.

      Great, informative, and necessary, Margaret. Superb article, as always.

      Sincerely,

      (If I haven't said it yet: Have a Merry Christmas!)

      Tim

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