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Airing out your business, TMI?

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Social networking sites, like Facebook and Twitter, have become an eavesdropper's heaven. Experts say the constant status updates can lead to some serious snooping and lack of privacy.

Some senior citizens say that privacy was once considered sacred.

As Ruth Smiley browses Facebook for the first time with her friend, Muriel Resner. She can't help but giggle at people's 'status updates'.

"Clothes. Shoes and booze," Smiley and Resner laughed as they read.

The two even found someone sharing embarrassing moments.

Flash forward a few generations to Whitney Deatherage. She says there are not many status updates that surprise her.

"I've had people post they're on the toilet and stuff and I'm like, 'Oh my God. TMI!'", said Deatherage.

Deatherage admits she has fallen into the trap of constantly sharing her business.

"Going to class, getting out of class, fixing to go workout - that sort of thing sounds silly now!" she said.

Martha Roberson, 80, says privacy was once considered sacred.

"My mother taught me to be careful what I say and where I say it," said Roberson. "That was important."

Smiley feels the internet has erased a sense of shame her generation once had.

"I'd be too embarrassed because I'm a reserved person," said Smiley.

"I think some things are private," said Roberson.

Director of ETMC's Social Services Toni Dowdy says that social networking has changed the way our society interacts.

"The older generation was definitely more private and you had different moral," said Dowdy. "The new generation is open and I don't want to say brazen but they're definitely not shy."

While Deatherage says she won't stop sharing her life on Facebook, she does agree.

"There are definitely some things that shouldn't be posted!" said Deatherage.

As for Smiley, she says this is her first and last time browsing Facebook.

"It's interesting up to a point," she said. "After that, it's nobody's business."

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