Study: The Risk Of Oversharing In Conversation Increases With Age

 Everybody knows someone who overshares, but a new study finds your risk of doing so increases the older you get. University of Edinburgh and Northwestern University researchers used a series of computerized listening and visual tests to assess thinking skills in a group of 100 participants, ages 17 to 84. They found an age-related decline in attention switching skills, which is the ability to consider others’ perspectives more effectively. Lead researcher Madeleine Long explains, “The study identified two attentional functions that influence whether we consider another’s point of view and how that changes as we age. This is particularly important for older adults who are more susceptible to revealing private information [in conversation.] We hope these findings can be used to design targeted training that helps older adults improve these skills and avoid embarrassing and potential risky communicative errors.” (EurekAlert!