The Age of Oversharing

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You’re So Vain, You Probably Think This Tweet Is about You

“My battery in my phone is dying” or “Oh, he can tweet but can’t text back?” is what floods Twitter user’s timeline on a daily basis. Meghan Daum refers to this as the Age of Oversharing in her essay “I Don’t Give a Tweet What You’re Doing,” where she sarcastically dissects the controversies behind Twitter and how nearly fourteen million users have completely abandoned Twitter’s “initial function to serve as an information conduit between close friends and family” (233). Along with her beliefs of Twitter adding to our already compromised interpersonal skills she carries the tone of being bitter and harsh throughout her essay as she evaluates the many answers to the question “what are you doing?” with a better question “what the hell are we doing?” Although Twitter serves to connect others instantly it ceases human interaction almost instantly as well.

We live in a world where everything around us is done almost instantly and more conveniently. Prime examples, fast food restaurants, self-serve salad bars, fast thirty day weight lost results and JG Wentworth’s “it’s my money and I need it now!” We expect everything around us to move at a fast pace and that is exactly what is happening on Twitter, what you ate for breakfast, what article you read during lunch and your favorite show you watch every night before bed is now being shared with the world instantly with the click of a button. Daum refers to this as the Age of Oversharing, consecutive irrelevant post right after another which completely defeats the purpose of solely connecting with love ones not only because of geographical dispersions but also the reality of daily work and school commitments. Researchers at Harvard came up with studies that explain how Twitter has contributed to the Age of Oversharing and that is because nearly eighty percent of tweets on Twitter are of one’s own immediate experiences. This is because “researchers found...
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