A nation of boasters?

Are you guilty of 'over-sharing' online?


This is a rush transcript from "The Five," August 16, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: So, apparently, that song applies to all of us, according to a new column that was in The Wall Street Journal. It's called, "Are we all braggarts now?" referring to how social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have a created a nation of boasters.

Now, I have to say something about Bob here. Bob never brags on Twitter. He only apologizes.

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: That's right. That's because I have nothing -- I am not in this, because I have nothing to brag about.

I mean, that's the reason I haven't looked at Facebook on two years, the reason I don't go on Twitter because this one is 99-1 that I'm -- well, I don't want to say the words they call me because that would get me in trouble again. But no --

PERINO: But you are unusual. A lot of people -- I was saying the other day, young kids today when they get older they won't have any bad pictures of themselves. Because now you can just delete them, unlike the pictures that we have in our photo albums that, you know --


BRIAN KILMEADE, GUEST CO-HOST: But I believe these pictures live in infinitum, you can't get them down once a year. I remember -- reading this story, brought back to Cassius Clay, Mohammed Ali. He was the first person to go out and brag on national television. People are like who is this? Why is he so brash? Why is he so cocky? He couldn't get enough of him.

And it was good and evil. Now, we're all evil, because we're all impressed with ourselves online. Not in person.

PERINO: But one thing that drives people crazy on Twitter, I know that you are all on Twitter. One of the things that drives people crazy is somebody that will tweet that says, well, I got up early today. Although you could say it every day, because you get up early. Or, it's pouring rain but that nine-mile run felt good.

That kind of thing is annoying, right?

GUILFOYLE: Those people are annoying.

PERINO: I confess. I think I do this. The other day, my one more thing was how I got verified on Twitter. Now I'm horrified.

GUILFOYLE: Would you like to take it back?

ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: But I think it's a little different in our jobs because when I first started going on TV, people would say, you have to talk about yourself. My mom used to say, don't toot your own horn.

But if I have a column out, how do I get it out? Some of the things that people post are pictures of their kids.

PERINO: Or their dog.

TANTAROS: I don't think they're bragging --


KILMEADE: But it makes sense. We live -- you love People magazine. People like to know what other people are doing.

TANTAROS: I agree. Think about it if these people are your friends on Facebook and Twitter, they decided to be your friends and follow you.

If you don't like it, get off the Facebook page. If your friends are jealous of you, get new friends.

BECKEL: They have pictures of themselves jogging. Every time I go by in my car, the people with the euro trash outfits riding bikes, I just want to go behind them and knock them down. Let alone put them on Facebook.

GUILFOYLE: You'd be arrested for that, just so you know.

BECKEL: (INAUDIBLE) trash with me, then I'd be happy.

PERINO: Do you think America because of social networking we're becoming more narcissistic? Maybe just as individuals.

KILMEADE: I believe, yes. I think it's good that we are becoming more narcissistic, because everyone else around the world hates us. We might as well like ourselves.

GUILFOYLE: That is such a good point.

BECKEL: Perfect answer.

PERINO: That was fun. I confess, I think do this. I should get off Twitter altogether.

GUILFOYLE: No. You have a lot of followers.

KILMEADE: People want to know.

PERINO: I know people want pictures of Jasper. They ask me all the time. I'll send another one after the show.

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