Moms On Facebook Get Aggressive
We have all had our share of too many baby pictures from proud moms on Facebook. It used to be shared via giant stacks of baby pictures in the wallet, now it is the constant stream of what little Johnnie or Joanie did today on Facebook. But when an Australian Mom got a nasty anonymous letter in the post telling her to stop posting all those baby pictures, this oversharing mom decided to push back.
One Of The Oversharing Moms On Facebook Shares Story
Jade Ruthven is a typical Australian mom, who loves her daughter Addison and shares everything she does on Facebook. For anyone with friends with small children, you know how easy it is to overshare. But when Jade received a nasty note in the mail telling her to stop with the oversharing mom routine, she decided to share it with comedian Em Rusciano. He wrote about it in his column in the Australian Daily Mail and titled it, “This Facebook complaint letter is next-level mean.” The support she received because of it confirmed what she already knew, her the unknown hate-letter writers were way out of bounds.
Letter Writer is Unknown
While the letter writer didn’t sign it, Ruthven is certain it is a friend – though not a close one. They knew her address but she says a close friend would have said this face to face. The letter got particularly nasty in parts, saying
“Look we all have kids that we are besotted with — guess what – every parent thinks their kid is the best ever. But we don’t ram it down everyone else’s neck!!! She wears a new outfit – well take a photo and send it PRIVATELY to the person who gave it to her – not to everyone!!!! She crawls off the mat – we DON’T care!!!!! She’s 6 months old – BIG DEAL!!! “
Not Backing Down
Ruthven has said that she won’t be backing down on the shares she continues to make about her daughter on Facebook. As she points out, if someone doesn’t want to see the pictures they could ask her to unfriend them, or block them from seeing the pictures. If the letter writers had signed the letter, she could have done so easily. But by not signing it and making it such a hateful letter, they have only made her more determined than ever.
Are You an Oversharing Mom?
So how do we make sure we aren’t at the tipping point for our friends when it comes to oversharing our kid’s pictures on social media? A report released recently by the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital says that three-quarters of parents surveyed reported they knew moms on Facebook who overshare. Perhaps a good rule would be to ask if you would want this shared if you were the child, only now a teen or adult. That eliminates the embarrassing pictures. As for the quantity, that is something only individual parents can decide. But if this letter is any indication, you might want to ask your friends if they think of you as one of the oversharing moms on Facebook or not. At least you could bypass the nasty letters that way.
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