“Oh my word. I just made the most delicious macaroni cheese with EXTRA cheese – here’s a pic! Still going strong! #Day1974oftheShareYourFoodChallenge.”

“My son just went to the loo by himself for the seventh time – he’s the smartest, cutest kid in the world. And he poops! Look at this picture of him on the toilet again.”

“I cried again today. It’s an important time in my deeply personal road to recovery from my addiction to picking my nose. I then redid my make-up for half an hour when my boss thought I was in a meeting. What valuable me-time. #Soinspired”

…Had enough yet?

The science and the privacy dilemma

As painful as this kind of information on your feed can be, studies have shown that over-sharing on social media activates the brain’s reward system.

So we’re actually designed that way. No wonder.

This is a win for recruiters too. Combine the publicity of social media with the rewarding urge to over-share and you can find out anything about a person from their Facebook profiles.

Well, at least you used to be able to.

Sho’t left at the embarrassing moment

After many publicised shares gone bad, “privacy” has become the new buzzword online. People are even getting smart about the over-share/privacy conflict by sharing anonymously. Or they set such heavy privacy settings that searching their name is a waste of time.

There are even apps like Whisper that allow you to say what you like online, without anyone ever being able to find out who you are. Titillating, isn’t it?

The future for today’s modern recruiter

With social media doing a boomerang, recruiters are quickly finding themselves back in the 90s, where all they had was a couple of interviews to suss a candidate out.

Disappointing, right? Well… not entirely.

Back in the 90s employees had the freedom to live their private lives the way they wanted to without their work lives interfering. And why should it be any different today? You wouldn’t speak to your grandmother the way you speak to your best friends. And the same goes for work – not everyone needs to know absolutely, positively everything.

With people’s lives plastered all over social media, it’s easy to forget that people are entitled to their private lives. And anyway… How many over-shares can you really stomach?