Social media encourages people to share, but oversharing on Facebook and other sites has become a serious problem. It’s not just about an embarrassing picture. It’s about your own personal safety, the safety of others, and even your career. Sometimes, it’s safer to not share everything about your life.
The Risks of Oversharing on Facebook
Everyone else is sharing, so why shouldn’t you? Following the crowd and oversharing on Facebook can be full of risks. Vacation photos, check-ins, and photos of your child’s first day at school seem harmless. The only problem is, you’re sharing more than you think.
Those vacation photos, while you’re still on vacation, tell people you’re not at home, so it’s easier to burglarize your home. Shared personal details could help hackers change a password and leads to identity theft. The wrong photo could even ruin your reputation, causing you to lose friends or get fired.
You may think everything you post is private and safe, but what happens if a friend shares your post? Plus, do you honestly trust every person in your friend list? As people begin to learn these risks, oversharing on Facebook has declined, with 21% sharing fewer personal stories.
Oversharing on Facebook Hurts Others
If you’re not afraid of the risks of oversharing on Facebook for yourself, think about others. When you check-in with a group of people, you’re broadcasting to your friends and all of their friends that no one is at home. Sharing a picture of you and a friend partying, when you were supposedly sick at home, could leave both of you without a job the next day.
Another issue is “sharenting.” These are parents who love to share photos and details about their kids. Sadly, it’s not safe. Many of the photos shared have location details embedded, making it easy for anyone to find out where your child lives. The more details you post, the less private your child’s life is, and that’s not a good thing.
Remember that when you share anything on Facebook, it might affect more than just you. Consider how your posts, especially posts featuring other users, affect everyone else.
Ruining Your Job Search
Who hasn’t heard at least one story of someone getting fired for oversharing on Facebook? Most employers search for you on social media, and if all they’re finding is profanity about your current boss or photos of you partying every night, they’re not going to hire you.
Sharing any of the following details could ruin your current career and/or prevent employers from hiring you:
- Offensive comments and images
- Job offers before you accept or decline
- Complaints about your job
- Details about co-workers or customers
- Lies you told to get out of work
Never Share These Seven Things
Now that you know the risks, it’s time to find out the top seven things you should never share on Facebook. These keep you, your reputation, and others safer.
- Address and home phone number
- Details on your vacation
- Local check-ins or anything location specific
- Details on where your children are
- Job complaints, especially detailed ones
- Embarrassing photos
- Offensive comments and posts
If it’s something you wouldn’t want the whole world to know, don’t share it. It’s a simple, but effective rule. Another rule is to never share details about someone else without asking their permission first.
Stay Safe, Don’t Overshare!
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