Privacy Instincts
August 8, 2013 6:10 PM   Subscribe

Too much information: Our instincts for privacy evolved in tribal societies where walls didn't exist. No wonder we are hopeless oversharers. [Via]
posted by homunculus (14 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Privacy and the Threat to the Self
posted by homunculus at 6:11 PM on August 8, 2013


That author needs an editor ASAP.
posted by gpapyrus at 6:26 PM on August 8, 2013


He needs someone to tell him that contingent cultural practices are not "instincts"
posted by thelonius at 6:31 PM on August 8, 2013 [17 favorites]


Amazing how evopsych only supports regressive positions.
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:36 PM on August 8, 2013 [7 favorites]


evopsych? RUN! RUN AWAY!
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:26 PM on August 8, 2013


Hopeless oversharers? Where?

Stand/sit. Crumple/fold. Poop threads?

Not MetaFilter!
posted by BlueHorse at 7:31 PM on August 8, 2013


evopsych? RUN! RUN AWAY!

"Since the dawn of time, Man has cultivated a natural instinct to mock and deride evolutionary psychologists."
posted by mhoye at 7:40 PM on August 8, 2013 [21 favorites]


Well certainly some people are over sharers. It's awkward as hell for those of us who guard our personal information like jealous leprechauns lording over pots of gold.
posted by Doleful Creature at 8:39 PM on August 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Since the dawn of time, Man has cultivated a natural instinct to mock and deride evolutionary psychologists."

Well, some of them are douchebags.
posted by homunculus at 9:17 PM on August 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


They're probably descended from these people.
posted by homunculus at 12:24 AM on August 9, 2013


LOL evopsych douchebags. That was funny. And so true. These are the academic versions of PUA/MRA douchebags. Perfect.

They are in business because of the average NYT reader/NPR listener who wants to hear how s/he is genetically superior to the poors because Evolution.
posted by spitbull at 5:29 AM on August 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


You know, even in antiquity and the middle ages, the elites got to have all the privacy they wished for. It was the plebeians who had to live huddled together in rooms like (and often with) livestock.
posted by absalom at 6:15 AM on August 9, 2013


For all its flaws, I admit I have a weakness for evopsych. Also, mysticism.
posted by homunculus at 6:10 PM on August 9, 2013


Put a bunch of us tribal introverts in a room and then watch your oversharing-0=meter
posted by Twang at 12:43 AM on August 10, 2013


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