It’s inevitable, social media is the leading communicator nowadays. We share much of our lives—facts, dilemmas, emotions and opinions. But, as we all know Facebook does not tell the whole story. We decide what gets posted and when. We can even remove what we or others post from our wall.
And, of course Facebook offers a custom setting so that we can control who sees our wall and our individual posts. What Facebook doesn’t offer us, is the ability to control other people’s pages.
With this in mind and with the simplicity of technology, even your mother can be on Facebook… Oops, not sure how happy you are about this. My mom is on Facebook can be a good thing or a very bad thing.
Your mother has her own Facebook account. She posts pictures from your childhood and tags you in them. She comments on your pictures. She argues with your friends over political views or social issues, especially ones you disagree on. She asks you about comments you make on friends’ posts that were meant to be discussions with your friends. She sees your relationship status has changed and pressures you with questions or opinions. And worst of all, she doesn’t know how to use the private message/chat feature so she makes personal posts directly to your wall, not realizing that others can see. The list is endless. These are just a few.
Each age group comes with its own set of problems. A mother is a mother at any age and our love, respect and appreciation for her cannot make up for us thinking we know better, or insisting on living our own lives (away from mom, but close enough). We will always be a generation younger.
There are many solutions to the stress that comes with your mom being on Facebook. Before you rush to change your settings and exclude her from your Facebook life, give her the chance to understand Facebook better. Take the time and make her a Facebook expert. Maybe one day you will be able to say proudly that your mom is on Facebook.
What are the most embarrassing things your mom has done since she’s been on Facebook?