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'I was looking for too much attention I suppose' - Tubridy says he shared too much on Twitter

Published 23/06/2014 | 12:17

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08/08/2012 Ryan Tubridy during RTE's television sc...08/08/2012 Ryan Tubridy during RTE's television schedule launch at RTE HQ, Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Ryan Tubridy

2fm broadcaster Ryan Tubridy has revealed he shared too much personal information during his three years on Twitter.

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The radio star praised pro golfer Rory McIlroy's decision to keep his personal life off social media following his split with Caroline Wozniaki, before revealing that leaving Twitter was the most 'liberating' thing he ever did.

"There is no need, absolutely no need to share the amount of stuff that people share on Facebook and on Twitter and on anything else," he said.

"Just talk to your friends.  You do not have to upload the whole kit and kaboodle. People's dinners are ruined because their friends are taking pictures of the burger on the plate.  Jesus, just eat it!  Stop taking photographs of it.  God almighty we know what a burger looks like."

Tubridy added that he finds it exhausting trying to keep up with other people's lives online and said that a work Facebook account is all that anyone needs.

"After that, good luck to you.  If you're my friend I'll talk to you but I don't need to catch up with relative strangers and carry on from ten thousand years ago to find out that they've had a baby.  If I care about it enough I'll hear about it."

He added, "That may be uncaring and cold.  Probably a little bit, yeah.  But it's just too much.  I care deeply about a few people rather than not so much about a lot of people."

The presenter then referred to Rory McIlroy's comments about having "a lot more free time which has meant a lot more head space".

"I was on Twitter for three years or thereabouts and I was totally into it, too much so I'd say," he revealed.

"And walking away from Twitter, with no drama - I didn't hate it, in fact I really enjoyed it - but leaving it, having uploaded the stuff I'm criticising everyone else for, doing but doing too much of it, I realised it was just too much, and sharing too much, and looking for too much attention I suppose, and walking away from it was one of the most liberating things I ever did. 

"It's wonderful. You don't have to worry about what anyone thinks anymore.  People that matter will be close and that's all that matters."

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