What is sharing?

  • (noun): Having in common.
    Example: "The sharing of electrons creates molecules"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Sharing is the joint use of a resource or space. In its narrow sense, it refers to joint or alternating use of an inherently finite good, such as a common pasture or a shared residence. It is also the process of dividing and distributing. Apart from obvious instances, which we can observe in human activity, we can also find many examples of this happening in nature. When an organism takes in nutrition or oxygen for instance, its internal organs are designed to divide and distribute the energy taken in, to supply parts of its body that need it. Flowers divide and distribute their seeds. In a broader sense, it can also include free granting of use rights to a good that can be treated as a nonrival good, such as information. Still more loosely, “sharing” can actually mean giving something as an outright gift: for example, to “share” one's food really means to give some of it as a gift. Sharing is a basic component of human interaction, and is responsible for strengthening social ties and ensuring a person’s well-being.

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Some articles on sharing:

Share Housing - Challenges and Complications
... for, interviewing and choosing potential housemates sharing communal household goods, rent (often this may be determined by the size or position of respective bedrooms) sharing household ...
Sharing - In Religions - Information, Knowledge
... that all knowledge is for everyone and copying/sharing information is sacred ... having all the knowledge in the world is useless, without the desire for charity (sharing) ... Charity, a concept in Daan, is a tenet of all Dharmic religions that also values the sharing of Knowledge ...
Sharing The Water Of The Ganges
... The sharing of the Ganges' waters is a long-standing issue between India and Bangladesh over the appropriate allocation and development of the water resources of the Ganges River that flows from northern India into ... The treaty established a 30-year water-sharing arrangement and recognized Bangladesh's rights as a lower-level riparian ...
Little Big Planet - Gameplay - Share
... Lastly, the Share component relates to sharing creations with the game's community by uploading levels to the PlayStation Network ... community website, the Share component has also had a strong emphasis sharing discoveries ... players by writing reviews and comments in-game and by sharing links to creations' LBP.me pages via social networks ...

More definitions of "sharing":

  • (adj): Unselfishly willing to share with others.
    Example: "A warm and sharing friend"
  • (noun): A distribution in shares.
    Synonyms: share-out
  • (noun): Using or enjoying something jointly with others.
  • (adj): Sharing equally with another or others.
  • (noun): Sharing thoughts and feelings.
    Synonyms: communion

Famous quotes containing the word sharing:

    If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
    Bible: New Testament, Philippians 2:1-2.

    However intense my experience, I am conscious of the presence and criticism of a part of me, which, as it were, is not a part of me, but a spectator, sharing no experience, but taking note of it, and that is no more I than it is you. When the play, it may be the tragedy, of life is over, the spectator goes his way. It was a kind of fiction, a work of the imagination only, so far as he was concerned.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    It is easy to see that what is best written or done by genius in the world, was no man’s work but came by wide social labor, when a thousand wrought like one, sharing the same impulse.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)