Sometimes there's a thing called too much information ... or "TMI" in text-speak. I get too much information sometimes when I'm working a youth kid from church through a problem. Sometimes I get too much info from the newspaper - all biased, of course. ;) ;)
What ARE the standards for TMI in a world where we publish our lives on Twitter, blogs, and forums? My Facebook newsfeed is entertaining and I have probably have the smallest filter. But it's intriguing what we learn about people. Like: how many times someone threw up last night, how someone's heart will be broken if you ever bleep bleep bleep do that again, how tasty them thar carrots were fer supper, and how your jeans just split.
Is it TMI we text people we don't even know and sometimes date people virutally? In a world where modesty and privacy has been demoted to narrow-minded legalism and relationships in their most intimate forms are on prime time TV leaving little to my poor youth kids imaginations? I see how my youth kids at church are so USED to things that when I was 15 would have either knocked the socks off me or else I would have had no idea what was even being said? My one youth kid mentioned she was the only virgin in the girl's locker room and she was considered an oddity when even 15 years ago it would've at least been maybe halvsies at worst!! And they TALK about it and share it as though it's as commonplace as buying a new shirt at Aeropastale!
What is TMI? How do we monitor it? How do we monitor in our everyday life and how do we monitor it in our writing...or reading? What are your thoughts on TMI today? I'm just mulling it over and thought I'd share ...
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