Ian Philpot

Claire Lorrenne PhilpotMy daughter was born nearly two weeks ago. It was one of the happiest, most exciting experiences in my life. So, like any new dad, I posted updates on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

While that shouldn’t be a shock (it’s what most new parents do these days), I don’t plan on posting tons more pictures of my daughter.

My decision doesn’t have to do with me trying to protect my daughter, which is a fairly common concern. I just figure that if someone wanted pictures of her, they could get them from my wife’s (or in-law’s) social media accounts.

And I’m totally fine with that. If someone really wanted to get a hold of pictures of my daughter to see how cute she is, they could find them.

My decision has to do with oversharing.

Working with social media at my job, I’ve seen people and organizations share so often that they take over my Twitter and Facebook feeds. It makes me feel overwhelmed with content from one place that has one bias, and it doesn’t take much before I stop following those accounts.

My tolerance for oversharing is low. For that reason, the last thing I want to do to my social media followers is overshare content, even if that content is the sweetest, most adorable little girl in the entire world.

This doesn’t mean that I won’t be sharing content related to my daughter or being a new father. I will share updates that are important to me and my life—like I always have. But, just because I am a father now, that doesn’t mean that’s all I have to share.