You Are Definitely Doing It Wrong

I don't have children but I do have opinions.

Your cute and adorable baby is all over my Facebook!

Okay, we get it! Your baby is amazingly cute and awww… he/she looks just like you.

But, what is the deal with putting your children’s lives on Facebook before they can even say “mommy”?

Before social networks on the internet, what was the equivalent of parents posting their children’s pictures and videos to Facebook? It would have been like pinning a picture of your child on the community bulletin board that everyone in your neighborhood frequents and changing it a few times a week! There would have been no rationale for that because only close friends and family would typically see the pictures.

It used to be that taking a picture of your baby was a way of preserving that memory of when they were first born, taking that first step, eating for the first time, or saying their first word. Now its become a way of sharing every little precious and loveable moment that makes your heart melt and getting instant comments and “likes” from Facebook friends.

According to CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/social.media/10/07/baby.pictures/index.html): 82% of kids under 2 have an online presence and its 92% in the U.S. We’re going to have our first generation of kids who have their entire lives public before entering elementary school!

I say, if you’re going to put your child on your Facebook for the world to see, backup your actions! I want to see the pictures of when you were just a baby on Facebook too; its only fair right?


6 Comments

  1. Equally annoying and along the same lines: Parents who only upload pictures of their kids for their profile pic. I came here to stalk YOU, not your rugrats!

  2. Beth, as a parent, I totally agree. HUGE peeve of mine!!

  3. Christi
    23:02 on January 26th, 2011

    Yes, but have you SEEN my kids???!!! They are totally worthy of being my profile pic. :-)

  4. Heidi
    13:09 on January 28th, 2011

    I agree with Beth… I don’t mind if it’s the parent with their kiddo, but seriously, if it’s just the kid it’s like admitting that your entire life has become just about that child and believe me, I could guest blog here on how annoying that is…

  5. Tortoise
    20:38 on May 16th, 2012

    Correction: what is the deal with putting your children’s lives on Facebook, period.

    Actually, scratch that. Why don’t we just replace the “children’s lives” part with “life?” Or just take out the “putting your children’s lives on” altogether.

  6. Forever alone
    14:39 on September 4th, 2012

    I personally live states away from family. My Facebook was deactivated and yes I reactivated it to post pictures of my newborn baby. People kept asking me for pictures. My husbands family are out of state as well. It’s jut easier this way. Now one thing I hate when obvious obnoxious pictures are being posted.