The TMI Experiment

Have you scrolled through a Facebook newsfeed and thought, “That’s way too much information”? I have. In fact, if we’re honest, there may have been times we’ve been guilty of giving out T.M.I. as well. Did everyone really need to know about the stomach flu or that reply all to an e-mail that should have just been a single reply?

For some reason, we play like the rules are different when we’re communicating via texts, tweets, FB or e-mail. We say and do things that we wouldn’t dream of saying or doing in real life, face-to-face communication. We vent. We confess. We provoke. All in the illusion that it’s somewhat anonymous, that we don’t always have to deal with the consequences of our words.

I would like to invite both students and parents to join me in an experiment this week. The goal is to find out if you’re guilty of T.M.I.

Each of us should go through our FB posts, tweets, e-mails, texts, etc and read what words we are sending out.

As we do, we should keep the following questions in mind. (NOTE: I’ll be tweeting these as reminders individually throughout the week.)

Q#1 Have I said anything that I wouldn’t have said to someone face-to-face?

Q#2 Do people only know me by what I post online, or are there people who know the real me in my everyday real life?

Q#3 Is there anything that I wish I wouldn’t have said?

Q#4 Did I say anything without thinking through how it would be received?

Q#5 Is there anything that I wish I would have said?

Q#6 Is there anything that I would still say, but just say it differently?

Q#7 Is what I said in a post, text or e-mail helpful? Beneficial?

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