Your guide to getting a friend who overshares to shut the f**k up
HAVE you got a friend who gives you ‘too much information’ about everything from medical problems to their sex life? Read our guide to making them stop.
Overshare disgustingly back at them
Top their endless stories about their chronic psoriasis by describing bloodcurdling dental surgery or the pus-filled boils on your groin until they want to vomit. They will start avoiding you and the places you might sit.
Become creepily interested
When they’re midway through a story about the traumatic day they found out their parents were swingers, ask a lot of horribly invasive questions so they think you’re a pervert and leave you alone.
Tell them you’re keeping a record of all your conversations
Pretend you’re worried about ending up in court or at a tribunal accused of something you didn’t do, so you record every conversation you have. Will make you sound deranged but they probably won’t describe their sex life in gruesome gynaecological detail.
Pretend you’ve gone deaf
Extreme, yes, but if they don’t think you can hear, it won’t really be ‘sharing’ so they’ll go and bother someone else. And if they still keep talking, consider piercing your own eardrum with a chopstick to make it real.
Snap and shout ‘Why are you telling me all this sh*t?’
People who overshare tend to have no self-awareness and will be shocked to realise you don’t want to hear about their recent bout of diarrhoea. Don’t worry about upsetting them – after a day or two they’ll be unable to resist telling another person about their fascinating bowels.