Facebook Moms Who Share Too Much
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Facebook may have gotten its start as an exclusive club for college kids, but it has since evolved into a free-for-all for anyone over the age of 13. And with the fastest growing demographic on Facebook being those 30 years old and older, you can bet there are lots of moms out there setting up profiles and sharing the details of their lives on the popular networking site. But these moms aren't just connecting with other parents, they are staying in touch with their childless friends as well. And that is giving rise to a rather awkward situation.
In what can only be described as a diatribe against new mothers who use Facebook to chronicle the minutia of their child-centered lives, Mom Logic's Childless Bitch has issued a demand: Keep it to yourself! If your Facebook status update has ever included information regarding your baby's nap schedule, dietary habits or potty particulars, she's talking to you. And she's not alone in her quest to rid the Internet of such drivel. As proof that your childless friends are snickering behind your back after reading your ridiculous status updates, she points to a Web site that exists for the sole purpose of making fun of you.
Shut the F*&% Up Parents is a repository of cringe-worthy Facebook updates submitted by readers who have had it up to *here* with over-sharing parents. From the pregnant woman flashing side-boob in her profile photo to a mother infatuated with the smell of her newborn's head, it's all fodder for the snarky commentary. Childless Bitch shares this site as proof, but you may as well take it as a threat. Keep up the inane updates and you may find yourself featured here.
Clearly the "awesomeness of little Jaden's first poopy in the big boy potty" is not awesome at all to someone who isn't in the throes of potty training. But you know what? Neither is the fact that you are jetting off to another fabulous child-free vacation with your cute new boyfriend. In fact, a quick scroll down my own Facebook page this morning reveals that most of my friends are currently involved in activities that I couldn't care less about. Fortunately, none of them involve poop.
Predictably, Childless Bitch's post rankled Mom Logic's readers. The general consensus seems to be that if you don't like it, don't read it. But while I am a little taken aback by the obvious anger in Childless Bitch's rant, I do agree with her on one point -- bowel movements, whether performed by an experienced adult or a novice child, should never be discussed in public. It's just gross, okay?