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Study Finds That Oversharing Is as Pleasurable as Food, Money and Sex: Do You Overshare?

Living 2012/05/08 18:00:00
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Do you ever find yourself sharing just a tad too much on Facebook, or your social network of choice? And if you do, do you kind of ... enjoy it? You're not alone. A new Harvard study finds that our brains respond to self-disclosure the same way they respond to food, money or sex, the "Today" show reports. In other words, oversharing is a pleasure.



"When you look at the neural regions generally associated with rewards like money or sex or food, those same regions seemed to respond more robustly when people were engaging in self disclosure than when they were not," said Diana Tamir, a graduate student in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at Harvard and lead author of the study, according to "Today."

Tamir also found that subjects were willing to go without 17 to 25 percent of their potential earnings if they could confess information about themselves to others. And it wasn't just the blabbermouths. "You might think that gregarious people are more highly rewarded but shy people also like to share their thoughts," Tamir added. Admit it: do you overshare from time to time? Or is that totally TMI?
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  • Ben 2012/05/08 18:52:36
    No, TMI is not my thing
    Ben
    +7
    I refuse to delete some people because I get a kick out of the dirty laundry they are willing to air.

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  • das 2012/05/21 14:19:34
  • Badger 2012/05/15 03:54:38
    Yes, I have a tendency to overshare
    Badger
    Eh it is my nature I speak my mind if you don't like it, be polite and say something or F Off. I do not feel the need to censor myself for every possible sensibility that could be offended.

    Media is like life if you do not like something you have the option to ignore it change the station or deal.
  • Walter Harris 2012/05/10 14:14:18
    No, TMI is not my thing
    Walter Harris
    i am a very privet person. besides facebook has a sharing policy. they share your info with 3rd party people for consumer support. that to me is illegal.
    further more, facebook is two faced by not allowing sex offenders in but will allow sex for sale sites in their business. is not they one in the same.
  • Bibliophilic 2012/05/09 23:15:38
    No, TMI is not my thing
    Bibliophilic
    +1
    No, not in real life or online. I tell people what they need to know. If they want to know more they can ask me.

    "subjects were willing to go without 17 to 25 percent of their potential earnings if they could confess information about themselves to others."

    Only a repressed and insecure person or a complete moron would behave in this manner.
  • Manster 2012/05/09 14:36:51
    No, TMI is not my thing
    Manster
    +1
    That is one reason why I left Facebook,I was tired of seeing messages regarding things like menstrual cycles,and other bits of information that I didn't think was appropriate or necessary talking points for a public site!
  • martin28 2012/05/09 14:35:58
    No, TMI is not my thing
    martin28
    +1
    I like to keep most things in my life on a need to know basis. And I would never post something personal to the world as with Facebook or twitter. Once it's out there, it is out there.
  • Linnster 2012/05/09 13:50:10
    No, TMI is not my thing
    Linnster
    +1
    I will share some life experiences, but my private life is just that - private. Most people don't care about your travails in life, your breakup with the love of your life that you've been dating for two weeks, that your girlfriend stole your boyfriend from you, etc., etc. Have some dignity and keep that crap to yourself.
  • Professor Wizard 2012/05/09 13:23:58
    No, TMI is not my thing
    Professor Wizard
    +1
    He who shares, eventually gets busted for doing something he shouldn't have, but bragged about it!
  • Pops 2012/05/09 12:00:34
    Yes, I have a tendency to overshare
    Pops
    +1
    Oh yes
  • Steve 2012/05/09 11:45:20
    No, TMI is not my thing
    Steve
    +2
    I have a tendency to undershare.
  • Fenabarb 2012/05/09 09:31:00
    Yes, I have a tendency to overshare
    Fenabarb
    but not today -lol
  • weivin 2012/05/09 08:31:18
    No, TMI is not my thing
    weivin
    +1
    it's a pain that everybody knows you got a fresh pimple on your forehead. dies!
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/05/09 07:45:09
    Yes, I have a tendency to overshare
    Inquisitve Kat
    +1
    It's funny how many people deny it, even though evidence shows otherwise.
  • sglmom 2012/05/09 07:25:18 (edited)
    No, TMI is not my thing
    sglmom
    +2
    Bottom line ..
    NO ONE .. absolutely NO ONE needs to be THAT intrusive into my life ..
    and I do NOT need to know THAT MUCH about anyone else either ..

    OVERSHARE? Smells of Desperation for Attention (in any way possible)
  • sherie 2012/05/09 06:23:37
    No, TMI is not my thing
    sherie
    +4
    Don't think so.I'm actually pretty private.I am quiet and tend to listen to everyone else's TMI
  • Somkey the Hores 2012/05/09 06:12:31 (edited)
    No, TMI is not my thing
    Somkey the Hores
    +2
    Harvard, schmarvard. NEVER give true info on these government snoop sites.
  • xxx 2012/05/09 06:02:12 (edited)
    Yes, I have a tendency to overshare
    xxx
    I tend to "over share" in a sense. I've stayed off FB the last month or more cause I don't care what people are doing but I have been obsessed over Instagram. So I tend to share a lot of pics. But at the same time it's of actual things. Not pictures of me. You will not find 5 pics of me in a row doing the same pose. I'm not that much of an attention whore. Out of all my pics there's like 5 of me. So, I share alot but it's not really info about 'me' or things that are going on in my life
  • DavidKyles 2012/05/09 05:40:44
    No, TMI is not my thing
    DavidKyles
    +1
    That is a weird way to frame the available answers. I chose TMI is not in my vocabulary because in the case of casual conversation, I accept anything my conversational partner wants to tell me and I'll say whayevet I want to say. Often others may consider me inappropriate, but I chose No because...I don't agree, lol.
  • Waiting in the Wings 2012/05/09 04:56:15
    No, TMI is not my thing
    Waiting in the Wings
    +4
    If anything I tend not to allow people to know what is going on with me and especially not on Facebook. I will never understand how people can feel comfortable doing that.
  • BRIDGET 2012/05/09 04:35:03
    No, TMI is not my thing
    BRIDGET
    +5
    OVERSHARING IS A LAME ATTEMPT FOR ATTENTION
  • Jimbo 2012/05/09 04:08:51
    No, TMI is not my thing
    Jimbo
    +3
    But I do like food, money and sex.
  • M.C 2012/05/09 03:56:20
    Yes, I have a tendency to overshare
    M.C
    +1
    this is so me.
  • blackrings70 2012/05/09 03:49:40
    No, TMI is not my thing
    blackrings70
    +4
    There's this chick I'm friends with on FB; she blows up my page with everything she's done that day. She's nice and all, but damn I don't care about what you ate for dinner every night.
  • Bulanova (Team Hargitay) 2012/05/09 03:47:30
    No, TMI is not my thing
    Bulanova (Team Hargitay)
    +2
    I rarely find such trivial tidbits about anyone else's personal life entertaining. Consequently, I realize very few people would find the same tidbits about my life entertaining. At some point, refraining from talking about yourself is just polite.
  • nightcrawler2005 2012/05/09 03:36:59
    No, TMI is not my thing
    nightcrawler2005
    +2
    Very careful on the info I give out.
    If some people think over sharing is as pleasurable as Food, Money and Sex they definitely need to get a life.
  • pops 2012/05/09 02:53:07
    No, TMI is not my thing
    pops
    +2
    A lot of people like to share until it cost them.
  • Johann 2012/05/09 02:21:36
    No, TMI is not my thing
    Johann
    +1
    I only share what is interesting to me or something important that happened that day. Nothing like secret stories that might hurt me if there where any. What is private should be left out of public eyes.
  • John Freeman 2012/05/09 01:08:50 (edited)
    No, TMI is not my thing
    John Freeman
  • Dude-a-baker 2012/05/09 00:06:04
  • tweet_tweet 2012/05/08 23:17:46 (edited)
    No, TMI is not my thing
    tweet_tweet
    +2
    I say more personal things on SH, as this site gives me anonymity. I keep things really toned down on Facebook, as all my friends actually know me in the real world and may only be mere acquaintances.

    Interesting study. I believe it. I used to reveal way too much information to people in general, not necessarily on Facebook. I was insecure, and it was my way of trying to connect with people I guess. It's not a great idea. It may make the person airing their dirty laundry feel great, but it makes other people really uncomfortable.
  • Jim Lewis 2012/05/08 22:36:16
  • Griegg 2012/05/08 22:18:36
    No, TMI is not my thing
    Griegg
    +2
    I don't use Facebook.
  • justonemom 2012/05/08 21:31:49
    No, TMI is not my thing
    justonemom
    +1
    We don't appreciate those who air their dirty laundry on social networking sites!
  • Rubyking 2012/05/08 21:23:12
    No, TMI is not my thing
    Rubyking
    +2
    I'm too paranoid for that
  • StevenM 2012/05/08 21:18:21
    No, TMI is not my thing
    StevenM
    +1
    unless your famous, no one cares
  • jere.chievres 2012/05/08 21:13:24
    No, TMI is not my thing
    jere.chievres
    +2
    HELL NO!
  • sweet silver 2012/05/08 21:08:18
    Yes, I have a tendency to overshare
    sweet silver
    +2
    yes, i do sometimes but never on purpose i just post stuff when im mad or sad or super happy i am bi polar ....sowwie V///V.
    bi polar
  • bob h. sweet s... 2012/05/08 21:54:30
    bob h.
    Great picture. Thanx.
  • Inquisi... sweet s... 2012/05/09 07:48:47
    Inquisitve Kat
    I completely understand. I have borderline personality disorder and find I tend to not have a filter... I don't even consider other people viewing the content when I post it, either, which is weird.
  • Merhabi Daham 2012/05/08 20:59:08
    Yes, I have a tendency to overshare
    Merhabi Daham
    Deal with it. Or don't, either way works really.

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