DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: I have a coworker, who while being a really good guy, is somewhere on the social maturity scale in the pre-teen years. He does his job, is always pleasant and upbeat, but is also very happy to share the timing of all his bodily functions, sometimes in great detail.
I really don’t need to know when he is heading off to the bathroom, and what his mission is when he gets there.
Do I just continue to ignore this gross habit, or do I say something to him? I don’t think it even occurs to him that I don’t need to know everything he wants to share. --- NO NEED TO KNOW
DEAR NO NEED TO KNOW: Since your office mate’s pronouncements are bothering you, I would guess there’s a good chance they may be getting to others as well. It seems a sort of kindness to discretely let him know that there’s such a thing as over-sharing, and that for his own sake, maybe he should just take care of his private business in a more private fashion.