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How Much Should We Really Share Online?

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Over the last couple of decades, our prescence online has reached an all-time high! More and more people are using it to capture moments, share memories and following people they love. It’s crazy how addicted we have become on sharing everything and anything online.

From a baby’s birth to saying goodbye to drooling over food, we share it all.

I never realised how much we share online until I started thinking about it. While it’s easy to focus on the positives of social media, it got me wondering: do how much do we really share online? There are so many out there with power to ruin our entire online experience and sometimes even our lives. They troll, bully and blackmail with the info that you’ve put out there.

I promise I’m not trying to put people off using social media once it’s pretty vital to a blogger! I’m just typing out loud, that’s all.

No matter which social media you use (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube or Pinterest), there is always the possibility of being targeted. As a blogger, we’re in the unique circumstance of sharing our lives online. There aren’t many jobs/hobbies that do that (right now) and it’s something that we’re slowly starting to learn more about.

When I was 11, the internet didn’t even impact my life at all. I didn’t even own a computer or a mobile phone.

The only time I got to use a computer was at school and, even then, it was rare! We had a computer corridor we got to use every now and again and the screens were black with green writing. I think they were Acorn ones and the only excitement I got was playing a game called Castle of Riddles!

As I went through school, social media became more and more apparent. People were learning what selfies were, they were texting more and doing poke wars on Facebook. It wasn’t until I was leaving school that I was introduced to Twitter and I fell in love. It was so much fun seeing what your favourite celebs were thinking or doing. I wouldn’t say that I became addicted to social media because  my mum had already set a limit on online time.

2008 was when I started to write and share more of my life online. I fell in love with a website called RupertGrint.Net and actually joined them as a news poster at one point. I’m still friends with one of the girls who ran the site (hi Steph!). It was writing on this website that introduced me to writing posts of any kind and I fell in love. How could I have not known about this world sooner?! Eventually I discovered the downside of how much we share online.

I started to hear horror stories of girls being groomed by men, teens driven to suicide by trolls and data being leaked. Just those 3 things stopped me from sharing as much as I did. I deleted where I lived and just gave the county, didn’t give me my proper first name until a few years ago and wouldn’t post local pictures. Even to this day, I don’t even follow local accounts out of fear that people will track that.

Now that we literally share everything online, it’s scary! How much do you think we should share online? I’d love to hear your thoughts, especially from my blogger friends!

Do you think we’re now at a point where we should be more careful or are we fine as we are?

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Isabelle Vita NYC
    8th July 2020 at 5:58 pm

    I’m definitely conscious about what I share online, especially as I continue to put out more content on various platforms. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this!

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    Sue Berk Koch
    8th July 2020 at 6:18 pm

    For me, one of the more difficult aspects of blogging is sharing more online. Just having my photo on my website freaks me out a little each time I see it. (ha) I don’t think this is the case for many people. It’s an interesting question. Thank/blogs for bringing it up.

    –Sue
    http://www.susanberkkoch.com/blog

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    Lucy Taylor
    8th July 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Blogging does make me feel like I need to share more online, I sometimes struggle to share properly to Facebook (my personal one) as I don’t want the attention! A great post Daisy! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

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    Anika
    8th July 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Very interesting post! I’m relatively private when it comes to my life online, the only public knowledge is my name and my county haha. I try to bring my personality out through my posts, but the super personal details are just for close friends!

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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    Sophie
    8th July 2020 at 10:26 pm

    I think it’s a really interesting subject Some people share a lot more than they realise while others are very public but very private at the same time. I’ve spoken about every from smear tests to internal ultrasounds, but I’ve never shown a member of my family (other than the dog…), spoken about relationships, and don’t feature any of my real life friends. You need to be mindful that what’s out there is there forever, especially if you have a large following and figure out what you’re comfortable with people knowing x

    Sophie

    • Reply
      AccordingToDaisy
      10th July 2020 at 5:11 pm

      It’s a subject I think we need to be a little more open about. It’s a valid fear that a lot of bloggers and influencers have, I think. I do speak very openly about some very personal topics but only because I want to help someone going through the same thing. I’m the same about friends. xx

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