Do you have TMI-itis?

@SaintAnne (5453)
United States
December 20, 2008 2:48am CST
Are you the kind of person who tends to give too much information when strangers or acquaintances ask you questions? I know I am sometimes. I don't give away my account number or social security number but I tend to blabber when clerks ask me how my day is going when I know most of them simply want me to just go away so they can help the next person in line. When people ask me a question consisting of five words, I would elaborate so much more that they don't need to hear from me. Sometimes, I wish I would just shut up and not make something much more embarrassing and awkward than it already is. So are you like me? Do you have some other symptom to add to TMI-itis?
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@sixclix (677)
• Philippines
20 Dec 08
It happens when I'm asked or when discussing about topics I really like. An answer requiring a simple yes or no would turn into an hour-long litany.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
20 Dec 08
I forgot to emphasize IN REAL LIFE. But on myLot, I tend to blabber as well... litany, that's funny, sixclix. Thanks for sharing!
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• United States
20 Dec 08
Hahahahha, very funny sixclix! I have to say though, your response here is very concise and to the point! If this is what you call a 'litany' I think you should check out some of my posts for a proper illustration!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
22 Dec 08
Ziggy, yours is an enjoyable journey.
@FikiFiki (101)
• United States
20 Dec 08
"I SNORE"....does that count?
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
21 Dec 08
If you tell complete strangers that you snore, then you have TMI-itis.
@FikiFiki (101)
• United States
21 Dec 08
Oh Boy!!! So is there a cure? For TMI-itis, snoring & being too lazy to floss ?
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
22 Dec 08
I'm not really sure. One medication may help with one symptom but may aggravate the other two. What's flossing?
• United States
20 Dec 08
Hahahahaha! I'm sure you realize that I have it bad! Most of my life I spent criticizing myself because of it too. But not any more. I love myself. I love sharing my stories and other communication. If others are too uptight to appreciate it that is not my problem. And anyway, you never know when in your ramblings you are going to say something that is just what the other person needed to hear!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
22 Dec 08
LOL. Penny, I think Ziggy is one unique person in the whole wide world. There is only one Ziggy, I believe.
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• United States
22 Dec 08
Aw shucks Ms Saintly!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
22 Dec 08
I can't believe I made the one and only Ziggy blush.
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@shiloh_222 (5480)
• Philippines
21 Dec 08
hi there... yup, just like you i have of things to say and i sometimes, i do so.. but lately, i have been trying to be in the middle unless they are my friends.... hehehe...but of course, no account number and stuff...LOL... that's really taking TMI-tis to anoher level. miss you.. hope all is well.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
22 Dec 08
Good. No account numbers should be given unless to persons involved and trusted. Thanks, Shiloh. I know, I've been busy and can't go online for as long and when I want to for now. Hope all is well over there too and have a merry Christmas!
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• Philippines
22 Dec 08
how true. i am hoping it is. happy mylotting!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
23 Dec 08
And to you too, my friend.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
22 Dec 08
Yeah, I crap on! lol. Pure and simple really..... They say that a picture can say a thousand words right? Well ask ME even a yes or no question and I can pretty much do the same and then some! This is only with people I have a comfort level with though and I do not carry on much at all with people I do not know. I know it as "verbal diarrhea" and I guess there is now an online text equivalent too..... Hmmmmm. "Textalotation" might be an adequate term for it!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
23 Dec 08
First crap, then verbal diarrhea. Anything I should know about, James? I'm like you too. I think you've noticed it as well. There are times when my responses could be brief but most times I tend to crap on too, as you say. Why just say yes or no when you can explain why even if people didn't ask. I call it sharing of knowledge. Is textalotation really becoming a word now? Will it show up in the dictionary next year?
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
23 Dec 08
I meant to say Merry Christmas to you and the wife, James. I read in another discussion you'll be working that day (and so am I) and I hope you get to spend some of that day with CJay there. Have a wonderful, wonderful one!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
23 Dec 08
Merry Christmas to you and your SaintAnne and I will be sure to pass on your wishes to "the Wife"! We both may be working on that day, but we can at least celebrate the occasion in our hearts and minds and that's what counts! I will work on getting textalotation in the dictionary for 2010 too.
@brian_s (570)
• United States
20 Dec 08
I don't think that I give too much information. I usually reply (except to my friends) to "How are you?" with a safe, "I'm doing well. And you?" I also will share most information with anyone if they want to know it. However, I realize that there are different levels to the truth. For example, if a man is considering divorce, all of these might be true at the same time: -I'm doing OK today. -I've been better. -I'm just ready for the day to end. -I'm having a couple issues I'm working through right now. -I'm having some personal problems. -I'm having some marriage problems. -My wife cheated on me. -I'm considering divorcing my wife. -I pretty much hate my wife for ruining our marriage, and I am going to do everything I can to make sure she doesn't get a penny that is mine. So for that man, he could say any of those to people who ask him how he is doing. They are all different layers or vantage points of the same truth, and so he isn't lying. But he can choose to tell strangers the first thing, and his closest friend the last. Depending on his judgment of the balance of how much people want to know and how much he wants to share, he can tell people anything in the middle. I for one tend to err on the side of caution, and say that I am alright.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
22 Dec 08
I like this answer. Are you projecting or something, brian_s? I'm just curious. You can still err on the side of caution if you don't want to. Thanks for the good response.
@brian_s (570)
• United States
22 Dec 08
Haha, I hope I'm not. I'm not even married. And I like to think that I don't harbor a resentment towards women in general or the institution of marriage. If I am projecting anything, it is deep enough within my subconscious, that I can't see it with my conscious mind.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
23 Dec 08
That's too much psychology within a minute for me to take in, brian_s. And I do hope you are not harboring any resentment against us, women. Thanks for your response again and I hope you're having a great holiday season so far. Take care.
@drannhh (15247)
• United States
20 Dec 08
I don't think so. Maybe with acquaintances, but not with strangers. Except here on myLot, rflmao. I like to text better than I like to talk, actually.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
20 Dec 08
LOL. I think for most of us, we tend to talk and elaborate more here on myLot. I thought I would not get to this point, sharing about this and that but here I am. But mostly only to myLot friends like you, drannhh.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
22 Dec 08
No!!! Don't give others more ideas, drannhh.
• Philippines
23 Dec 08
funny how you made this discussion because I'm just like you when being asked..i talk so much that i didn't realize part of what i said is embarrassing..sometimes i planned to be quiet and just say 'm okay but i always tend to forget and just tell people too much..
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
24 Dec 08
I am just like that, angel_of_charm. I remind myself to not blab but I still do. Thanks for the response and I hope you and your family are having a wonderful Christmas angel of charm.
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
22 Dec 08
[i]Hi Anne, Not to strangers, I am very reserve and will only answer their question direct to the point...But, when I am stuck like in airport, I tend to chat longer to acquaintances but I will also make sure that she or he is friendly![/i]
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
23 Dec 08
I think it's very interesting how people get chatty at the airport. I know it's part of not having to be bored... I always like to observe how people interact when I'm at the airport. One time, a group of us, passengers, have been bumped from one cancelled flight to another because of extreme weather and most of us just started to "bond". And then when we finally got on a plane and to our destination, it seemed like we never interacted at all. Thanks for the response, checapricorn and I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas.
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@riyasam (16578)
• India
20 Dec 08
TMI-its???now what is that,please??i do have a tendency to blabber to strangers as i think what difference does it make??i am not going to meet them again nor are they.maybe its a part of my nature.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
20 Dec 08
Too Much Information-itis, riyasam. That's what it is. Although most times, I want to smack myself in the head to shut myself up. Because I'm aware the other person just doesn't care. Thanks a bunch!
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
20 Dec 08
With strangers ? no, would hardly give away any information. Only what is asked and that too after being sure about it. With aquaintances, sometimes i can talk a little more then reuired, but not divulging too much information.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
20 Dec 08
Good for you, alokn. You know when to shut up and when to talk. We do have to be careful about disclosing too much personal and security information. I tend to talk about how my day has been and what I'm reminded of when something is happening at that moment. Thanks again.
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
20 Dec 08
I think I am a balance TMI-tian. I am ashy, introvert kind of person who would not talk much when with a stranger. I guess I would just tell what's required, may be less many times. I called myself BALANCED because when with friends and family my blabbers increases and I kind of say anything and everything. so, it all comes down to the comfort level.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
20 Dec 08
I'm more reserved with acquaintances but sometimes when I'm somewhere, that's when Little Miss Talkative arrives. When it comes to friends, of course, I am talkative although lately they say I've been clamming up. Thanks, mimpi.
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