overshare

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From over- +‎ share.

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overshare (third-person singular simple present overshares, present participle oversharing, simple past and past participle overshared)

  1. To share too much or in excess.
  2. To offer inappropriate disclosure concerning one's personal life to others, now especially on social media.
    • 2007, Carol Culver, Manderley Prep, page 25:
      "I've been told by certain people that I have a tendency to overshare with strangers. I hope I haven't bored you with the details of my life.
    • 2012 December 10, Roger Cohen, “Time to Tune Out”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      To be clear, I love Twitter. It is the culture of oversharing and status anxiety that disturbs me. And that is inseparable from the grip of social media.
    • 2020 August 4, Stacey Steinberg, “Why Parents Should Pause Before Oversharing Online”, in The New York Times[2], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Most parents do not overshare online because they are malicious; they simply have not fully considered the significance of their child’s digital footprint.

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overshare (plural overshares)

  1. An instance of sharing or divulging too much.
    • 2019, Management Association, Information Resources, Cyber Law, Privacy, and Security (page 635)
      In light-hearted cases, the response to an overshare may be the collective online “Ewwww!” and some online needling.

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