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Does "Mom Talk" Belong on Social Networking Sites?

Facebook has gone mommy! But not everyone thinks that the social networking site is an appropriate place for birth photos, and are none too thrilled when certain pictures stream in their feed. Mothers use the site as a quick way to keep up with friends and family and update followers on their lives. Some proud parents even use their offspring's image as their profile pic, and others update their status with everything from what their tot ate for lunch to a dirty diaper tally. On occasion, some frustrated mamas let loose with a rant looking for support from their peers. Do you have an opinion on social network "mom talk"?

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kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
I am a mom. I have lots of friends on Facebook who are moms. I have never once seen a picture of a poopy diaper in anyone's status updates. Personally, one of the reasons I joined Facebook was to share updates about my life as a parent since between being a mother and working full time I simply do not have the time I used to have to keep in touch with everyone. I don't even check in with facebook more than a few times a week because it is blocked at my work and when I'm home I have other things to do besides sit at the computer. I use Facebook to share pictures with family and friends who I don't see very often, and I appreciate the way my other busy mom friends use it to do the same.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
No matter what the topic, it's possible to overshare. I post about my daughter whenever she does something that I find funny or noteworthy, which, admittedly, is pretty often. I also post about my job, my friends, and occasionally the thoughts that randomly cross my mind. I don't share my daughter's potty training progress, embarrassing moments, or anything else I wouldn't want my boss/my crush/my hairstylist/the new EMTs I dispatch/etc. to read.
Jessie-M Jessie-M 7 years
I think mom talk on facebook is fine, in moderation. Just like I don't want to hear every update about what your kid ate today, I don't want to hear about everyone else's 'f*ing aweSoMe NigHt aT tHe BaR!!@'. Like geez...I get you had fun... but maybe posting pics of you doing body shots off of your girlfriends boobs isn't the best idea if your parents are on facebook too?? lol Everyone overshares on facebook at one point or another.... 'mom talk' is no worse than the people who post statuses like 'you really need to grow up and GET A LIFE!now i know i can't trust people like YOU!' (what is this, 7th grade??)....both are equally annoying! As long as its in moderation (and you keep in mind other people don't want to know EVERYTHING about your life) I think it's fine!
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
I am not on facebook, because seriously, I don't give a shit what people are doing every hour of every day. This goes for all, grocery shopping, work, dating, etc. When I want to catch up with my friends and family, I call or e-mail. Seriously, why the need to post "status" updates. Do you all really think anyone gives a shit if you are tired from your day? GAWD. Facebook seems to me to be a Christmas card form letter that you get everyday from everyone, many of whom you barely know. WHY? Are you all really that interested in the daily minutia of other people's lives? I am not even interested in that shit in my OWN life. I get it that some people use it to catch up with people who live a distance away, but this seems like the minority of time spent on this site. Just being on this website for the past year and a half has made me see how much damage Facebook can do to relationships. Just don't get it. And don't get me started on the privacy issues....GEEZ...
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
amanda, i will never tire of funny things that kids say. anyway, i think the issue is, that sometimes i want to know how my friend is doing, not how her kids are. status updates once in a while about the kiddos are fine, but when every single update is about the child, it gets obnoxious. this goes for people who post about: how much their life sucks, how awesome/horrible their significant other is, their schedule for the entire day, etc. nobody is that one-dimensional. i don't hate the people who do the mommy posts, i just hate the posts. omg you're in labor, get off your blackberry!!!!
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
I always post funny things my son said, because it's hilarious. Especially to my friends who don't have kids. How do I know they think it's funny? Because they comment on it. I'm sorry, but telling the teacher in his christian preschool that 'Mommy doesn't believe in Jesus' or 'Penises are magic baby wands' is just funny. I've never seen a picture of a poopy diaper, or of the toilet. Also, there are some one-uppers who don't have kids. My sister who's a stay at home mom of 2 posted that she was tired, and our cousin said she shouldn't be because she wasn't at work all day and can take a nap whenever she wants. Everyone posts gross, stupid, boring things, not just mothers.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
If people want to talk about their babies, that's fine. If people want to post photos of their babies - great. I like babies - they're cute. The following I could do without: - photos of poopy diapers - photos of first poops in the toliet - photos of the placenta smoothie - the "mommyjacking" one upsmanship (someone posts they are exhuasted from work -- the response is "you don't know what tired is until you have 2 babies!) - posting about your daughter's first period. - Baby Daddy drama.
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 7 years
my aunt just had a baby and theyre excited; all our extended family and friends demanded to see pics asap; it was nice; the weird thing is that she and my uncle created a facebook page for the baby...i just have slight future embarassment for my cousin when he grows up and in 15 years wants a facebook and all those are floating around on a page made for him probably prenatally lol.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I'm going to have to agree with the pp. This is another one of those why in the hell do you care what other people are posting, and if you do, why not exercise your right to opt out of those posts type things. I figured the social network profiles were for updating your friends and family with whats going on in your life, whether thats kids or work or traveling, wtfe. Once again, i also seem to have "normal" friends, many of whom are parents and post things about their kids, but not a single one has ever posted about a blow out or a diaper tally or what their kid ate that day.
siarlas siarlas 7 years
I'm probably just repeating the previous comments, but while some mum talk is fine, there is such a thing as TMI. Seriously, a diaper tally? Why on earth would anyone want to know that?? I didn't even want to know when my own daughter was in nappies! The odd thing such as an accomplishment or something, I can understand.
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