What is our society's obsession with oversharing? I have nothing against being friendly, and talking to people, but there is a line that too many people cross. When they cross this line, things get awkward and uncomfortable for at least one of you. How many times have you been standing in line at the grocery store, and there is some chatty woman in front of you talking all about her hemmoroids and terrible marriage? Maybe this specific occurance hasn't happened to you, but you know what I mean. People seriously have no tact these days.
Sometimes people don't have to overshare about their own lives, they can just be too friendly. Like if you're in a bathroom stall and notice you're out of toilet paper, so you ask the person beside you for some. That alone can be kind of awkward, but what makes it horrible is when the woman starts talking about what a nice day it is outside. Ma'am, we're in a bathroom, and I'm trying to pee as quickly as possible. I can't concentrate when you're talking about the weather. I'm sure you're lovely outside of a bathroom stall, but right now you're in a bathroom, don't talk to me while you're relieving yourself.
I would never actually say that to someone, but I have wanted to, many times.
Today for example, I was sitting in the library reading a magazine, just minding my own business. There is a little lounge in there with some chairs and couches. I was the only person sitting in the lounge area. Some creepy looking old man sits down right beside me. Awkward enough, right? It gets better. I'm sitting there reading, and he's got his own Feild and Stream Magazine, then out of the blue he whips out some big ass picture of a turkey, and starts showing it to me. He's talking about how creepy the turkey picture is, and all I can think about is how creepy this man is showing me this picture of a turkey. I don't care about your turkey, sir. I mean, if I was looking at some turkey pictures myself, and he noticed I had an interest in turkeys, maybe this situation wouldn't have been so weird. But I don't look like a turkey person. It was so strange.
I'm all for being friendly, and helping others, but I draw the line when it comes to be overly friendly, and oversharing. People really need to think before they speak and act. Maybe these things only bother me, would turkey guy have bothered you?
So my question for you: Does it bother you when people over share? Or when they are overly friendly?
Lindsey. Twenty-Five. Currently pursuing a degree in Professional Writing & Film Studies.