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A Case of Too Much Information

Do you have a friend, or worse, a coworker who just doesn’t know when to stop sharing information about her personal life? When people end up leaving everyone around them slightly uncomfortable, they've divulged TMI, or too much information. Things that fall under that category might be your mom’s sex life, your boss’s bathroom habits, your neighbor’s foot fetish, or even your own personal fantasies. It’s not that you’re judging what they're saying per se, but you just don’t want to know; we all have our limits! So tell me: Are you one to stop people from giving TMI, or are you a TMI offender?


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la-dee-da-dee la-dee-da-dee 9 years
i have a couple people like this at work n not only do they talk about all of their business but they also exhibit very innapropriate behaviors ie: hand down pants, clipping toe nails, oh and reusing q-tips in ears! gross!
stayplus stayplus 9 years
I had this friend who started talking about her thrush and the disharge she gets during dinner, which I thought was very inappropriate. I don't voluntarily divulge private information about myself, but if someone asks I'll answer.
Phunkometry Phunkometry 9 years
I have one friend who, in high school, repeatedly had a cyst on a rather unmentionable part of her body. Since I've been friends with her for so long, I'm used to her divulging TMI, so when she would tell me about this medical problem, I would just be like, "Oh, that's just Amy*." But when she's raise her hand in class and tell the teacher, "I'm sorry, I have to go to the bathroom; I think my cyst is leaking," I didn't even know how to react. And neither did our classmates. Or the teacher. I, on the other hand, tend to say very little, mostly out of fear of embarrassment. I've loosened up a lot lately, but I'm not going to go run around talking about what fluid may or may not be coming out of where. *Name has been changed to protect the guilty.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
with most people i say very little about what is going on. i ran into a woman i knew through my kids preschool last friday at the movies and she was the same as rver; would not shut up. after not seeing her for 2 years i found out in the few minutes before the trailers rolled that they are losing their house to foreclosure, her dh is still not employed, they are moving into a crap apt. (even told me the address!) and some gossip on people i haven't seen since i last saw her. finally her friend put her hand on her arm and said "let's get some snacks". please, don't share.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
Lmao @ some of these stories. :D
girlfriday girlfriday 9 years
Last week one of my coworkers started telling me about her recent colonoscopy. We're not friends. In fact, she seriously bugs the hell out of me. Ew ew ew. Another one of my coworkers once was out of work for a few days because he threw his back out. He later told me he did it himself too vigorously. Seriously! True story! But we're friends outside of work so it was actually kind of funny and not sexually harassing in any way (he's gay in any case). Still, I feel like...there are just things I don't want to know about people.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Actually, I'm not a TMI offender. I tend to be the opposite - I don't give enough information, even to those in my inner circle. LOL Generally, I don't stop people from TMI either. Out of politeness, I listen. However, sometimes, there are people who consistently overshare, and it makes me uncomfortable. People like that don't have filters. I try to avoid people like that.
Jeny Jeny 9 years
STOP the TMI! My broker is gay and tells us agents WAYYYY too much information!!!
almost-famous almost-famous 9 years
MEN and WOMEN eh...? What's her name...:D
Sweet-as-Sugar Sweet-as-Sugar 9 years
I became friends with an old boss and on MSN she won't stop telling me about the random men and women she's hooked up and the details of all her sexual escapades. I told her it was TMI and she still couldn't stop! Even filled me in on how she left her 7 yr old kid asleep at home alone so she could go get some. Thank god for the block feature! Nice lady but eesh!
Marci Marci 9 years
It really depends on who I'm talking to where the line is. But if an acquaintance is overstepping boundaries, I'll jokingly say 'Whoa! Too much information!' and that usually brings that conversation to a close.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
My girlfriends and I have no boundaries about a lot of subjects, but I hate getting TMI from people I either don't know, don't care about, or interact with in an environment where it's inappropriate, like work. I worked with a woman who could not stop telling me about a) her divorce, b) her ex, c) her current crush/boyfriend/whatever, d) her problematic kids, e) her health issues, f) her surgeries, and etc., etc., etc. The problem is that even when I ignore people like that or at least pointedly show no interest whatsoever, they're always like, "OMG you are such a good listener!" and keep blabbing until I just want to put my two hands around their throats and strangle them into silence. :rant: But even that doesn't bother me as much as men I don't know well giving me the overshare. I guess because overshares from men always seem to be geared towards impressing me, and that makes it 100x more obnoxious.
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 9 years
noooooooooo i dont share too uh. i cant deal with TMI, i've stopped ppl before they can further traumatize me.... its mostly the mental pictures that i cant deal with.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I used to work with a woman that had/has a ton of medical problems most of which are all in her head and she would tell you everything about her ailment of the day. She mentioned to me one day that our manager told her that she overshares and needs to stop. She tried to tell me that it was because she is such an open person and to me and everyone else it is she likes to be the center of attention. I told her that she does and I for one did not need the play by play of her poo issues. At least I didn't bring up her overuse of her pain killers.
almost-famous almost-famous 9 years
I'm the offender... But where I live some women talk about EVERYTHING and somehow judge me on what I share...? Losers...:)
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