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How To: Not share too much online

Whether it is for socializing, schoolwork, or even getting a job, social media is a crucial asset to students.

But people often embarrassingly share more information than they should on the Internet, also known as oversharing or too much information (TMI).

A common problem among Internet oversharers is the need to constantly update people on what is happening during the day.

Everyone has a morning routine, many people have had pearl milk tea at one point and lots of people are aware when it’s raining outside. It is unnecessary to share these posts on the Internet.

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Another common problem is publicizing a relationship or any private matter on the Internet, especially when both sides have not agreed to it.

Here are some ways NOT to overshare on the Internet:

Be mindful where you take your selfies.

“Once I took a selfie and put it as my profile picture on Facebook,” said Mary Thé, 19, economics major, “and I didn’t even realize I was standing in front of the toilet until everyone pointed it out in the comments section.”

Don’t take too many selfies.

“I don’t think I take that many, but some of my friends say that my face is all over their newsfeed,” Thé said.

Do not post about every second of every day.

Kelly Ng, 18, business major said, “The thing that bugs me the most is when people post things like ‘OMG the traffic here is so bad. Hate being stuck in traffic.’ I mean, everyone has experienced slow traffic.”

Jordan Nguyen, 21, chemistry major said “I don’t even read when people talk about their daily routine. That’s how little I care.”

Be cautious when publishing private matters.

“A friend of mine once changed his relationship status to ‘in a relationship,’ but with the wrong girl who had the same name,” Nguyen said, “[It] got him into so much heat.”

Meeting new people can be an upside to sharing your information online, but students should remember social media is often checked by colleges and employers.

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