Are We ‘Oversharing’ Our Parenthood?
Becoming a parent is, inarguably, the most meaningful and momentous thing someone could introduce into his or her life. And when you stop to consider how often people get together and have kids, it is also one of the most common and mundane things. As a parent, every utterance, emergency, and accomplishment in cuteness can feel like the most important thing ever…but certainly not everyone feels the same.
This has been demonstrated in the social media sphere where new (as well as seasoned parents) are often ignored, or even blocked, after they have shared just a bit too much. This can extend from the first ultra-sound well into the teen years (ski trip pics to shots of leg casts). And quite frankly, a good portion of the population is growing increasingly tired of all of this sharing, but they are just too polite to tell you.
If you are curious about such parental etiquette (and to be sure, this sort of over sharing doesn’t only happen online, it happens in the real world as well) you could check out STFU, Parents (you could probably figure out what the acronym means) which is a submission-based blog that endeavors to shine a light on grievous instances of parent over sharing online. The blog has become kind of a phenomenon, and (as with all successful blogs) has been spun off into a book aptly titled STFU, Parents. The author and creator of the blog Blair Koenig (who is not a parent) created the blog as a form of entertainment as well as “a guide for parents on what NOT to post about their kids as well as a forum for non-parents to vent about their TMI-related frustrations.” Recently, Koenig told the Atlantic Wire that her book is “a totally cohesive manual, an organized little etiquette guide and “a great baby shower gift.” Reading it can be a great reality check for sleep-deprived, anxious, and emotional parents: Before you hit submit on a Facebook post about an explosive diaper at 3 in the morning, ask yourself, “Would any of my friends submit this to STFU Parents?”
What is your feeling on parental over sharing? Do you feel that brutal candor is a welcome component within your online community? Do you want to know about your friend’s battles with potty training, school lotteries, and budding teen sexuality? Or is there such a thing as too much information when it comes to reporting on the specifics of parenthood?