We Really Don’t Want to Share Our Lives June 26, 2012Posted by Peter Varhol in Technology and Culture.
I have a proposition. It states that we don’t want to share our lives and experiences any more than we did fifty years ago. Facebook was fun for a little while, as we got to experiment with connecting with people we knew in high school 20 years ago. But it is ultimately going to go the way of the hula hoop. (Remember those? I didn’t think so).
Why do I say that?
While sharing is a natural part of humanity, it is a conscious act. It isn’t meant to be seamless. Sharing is about our making a decision to reach out to others, not having it done automatically. We don’t share with everyone; sharing is a personal act, rather than a public one.
So we are currently oversharing. Facebook and those apps that integrate with Facebook push us along, and we’ve largely acquiesced to date, but as we go through our lives we’ll lose interest in letting others from our past know just what we are doing at any particular time. And others will lose interest in our activities and interests.
Yes, I’m old when measured in Facebook years (perhaps I have just coined a new measure of time here). Perhaps those in their formative years are used to sharing without actually making a decision about it, or that one umbrella decision applies to all aspects of sharing.
But I don’t think so.