"TMI" has become a well-recognized pop-culture acronym for "too much information." It's commonly used to stop someone from describing something that's unpleasant for the listener to think about. This could be something that's mostly harmless, like providing a far-too-detailed description of your flu symptoms. When it comes to new relationships, though, the TMI about your dates could put your romance in jeopardy.
Like with the photos mentioned earlier, there are activities you share with a romantic partner that are private and potentially embarrassing. Respect your partner's right to privacy and earn trust in the relationship by keeping those things to yourself.
The following are some limits you might consider as you determine what's TMI:
- List what you and your partner had for dinner, but don't talk about your partner's loud chewing or picking teeth after the meal.
- Mention that you and your partner talked a lot about your lives, but don't tell how your partner cried for 10 minutes talking about a grandmother's death.
- State that your partner drove you home, and even that you shared a kiss before saying good night, but don't describe how you spent half an hour making out on the front porch.