This seems to be the era of way too much information sharing. And, I am guilty of that also. While I tend to use more discretion with my online presence, in person is a totally different story. This came to my awareness when I was shopping recently with my daughter. For those of you with daughters (don’t have a son so can’t compare), you know that they are probably your most honest source of feedback, whether you ask for it or not.
What did I disclose and where did this happen: We were at a boutique-like chain type of women’s clothing store and I was trying on dressier tops that were greatly reduced (always have to reference the sale part, as that makes me feel like a smart shopper and I want everyone else to know my finesse in bargain shopping – see, already I am going into TMI). Back to the story: The top was stretchy, in a good kind of way, and was very unique AND quite slimming. When something I put on makes me look thinner (or less bulgy), it dwarfs the other attributes, including cost.
Since the store was boutique-like, we received more attention than usual from one of the sales women – who was a trendy youngish woman. She told me the top was darling and that she was glad she had a chance to see it on someone. This is where the TMI begins. Me, mistaking the woman’s comment as a jump over to being my new best friend said: “Are you sure, I have such an issue with my weight and the belly rolls that have surfaced. In fact, I also noticed weight cropping up in places where it never used to be. That is what happens when you get older and that is why when something is slenderizing, I buy it. Are you sure this really looks good??” That’s about when I looked over at my daughter who had this look of: Are you kidding me???
After, during an imposed debriefing, she told me TMI. The sales woman didn’t want to hear all of that business about my fat rolls and most likely wished she had said nothing. Actually, I appreciated my daughter’s honesty and agreed that perhaps I did go overboard about my weight to someone who didn’t have an ounce of excess adipose on her body. With all of that, I might have scared her into worrying about whether her excessive workout routine needed to be increased further.
While I can laugh at myself and know that my TMI was maybe annoying, yet harmless, online sharing of TMI is sometimes not. An article on beinggirl.com has very helpful info about the risks of sharing too much and how much is really too much. http://www.beinggirl.com/article/identity-theft-stories/
Have you offered too much detail about yourself online or off?? If so, any regrets? Did you learn anything you want share? Also, have you been on the other end of TMI and seen posts or had “memorable” conversations that made a unique kind of impression – if you get my drift. Would love to hear about it!
(Thanks Tova: This post is dedicated to you!!)
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