Valeria Escobar Staff Writer
People have a lot of different feelings on what they think they should share about their life on their social platforms. They have different limits as to when it is too much or what is too private to share online. Personally, I don’t like to share too much about my life on social media, I try to keep what I share online very limited and only share something when I don’t think it’s necessarily something very private about my life.
The platform that I use the most for communicating with other people and where I share the most information about myself is Instagram. Most people around my age use this app to somewhat “document” their life.
My main account on Instagram is very simple, I rarely post many pictures. On this account I follow all different types of people such as celebrities, brands, family, friends, friends of friends, and people that I’ve never met but know somewhat who they are. The majority of the pictures I do share mostly consist of pictures of me, pictures of pets or other animals that I encounter, pictures I have taken of the sky, or pictures of my friends if we’re doing something fun. Those are pictures that I think could give people that follow me an idea of what types of things I like and things that interest me, but it also doesn’t reveal everything about me because I want people that I want to get to know or people that want to get to know me, to actually put the effort into interacting with me to get to know more about me.
I share more private things online through a private Instagram account that only my closest friends follow. On this account I document a lot more about my life and share a lot more things since I don’t really care about what my friends see on this account. I frequently post random pictures that I find in my camera roll without really thinking about it. A lot of my posts are really irrelevant, or a little boring, but I do think it’s fun to kind of document my life, and help me remember things and moments that bring me joy.
As for negative experiences with social media, I haven’t had a lot of them. I do get spam messages and comments but I think most people who are active in social media apps get these too. There have been some situations where drama happens in Instagram group chats but that is probably the most negative experiences I’ve had. The people close to me have also dealt with drama-filled group chats, and some have had strangers make strange comments or messages that make them feel uncomfortable but nothing much worse than that.
Sharing moments of your life online can affect the type of people you interact with, it can introduce you to people who have similar interests as you and it can make people who see your social platforms want to get to know you, but it all depends on what exactly you post. I love when people don’t share a lot about themselves online so I can enjoy the experience of getting to know them, but it is perfectly fine if other people like to share more than what I would personally share online.