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Opinion: When We Overshare, Do We Degrade Relationships?

PRIVACY

June 22, 2012

In the most recent installment of his series on privacy in the Toronto Star, Don Tapscott discusses the tension between the human desire to share and to maintain privacy. Despite our need to feel connected to others, most psychologists say personal secrecy is a crucial aspect of human development, he writes. It’s also important in building strong relationships, Tapscott says, adding, “So what happens when we begin sharing our secrets with everyone? Could this not degrade the value of truly personal information in building intimate relationships? Part of being intimate is the revealing of secrets and being with that person who knows things that others do not.”
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