My Mother is on Facebook – Pros and Cons

by Jamie Sanford on August 13, 2013

This is one in a series of posts pulled from Chris Brogan’s “100 blog topics I hope YOU write.” (#23)

I signed Mom up for a Facebook account in December, while I was in Florida for the holidays. Here’s my current list of pros and cons to having your Mom on Facebook.

Pros

  • Greatly reduced need to be repetitive. I don’t have to send pictures to Mom and upload to Facebook, since she will see them when she checks FB
  • Mom gets to communicate with other family members who she doesn’t see very often

Cons

  • I become repetitive when I talk on the phone to Mom, because she already knows about anything I’ve posted on Facebook
  • I had to ask Mom to stop embarrassing my teenage nephews on Facebook
  • Mom is using her limited Facebook skills to teach Dad about Facebook, which results in lots of posts that say “Love Mom” at the end
  • Mom can see random things people post on my Facebook wall – which can at times be moderately inappropriate
  • Mom still cannot upload photos to Facebook, or change her profile picture, or upload a new cover photo = I’m giving Facebook lessons

Even though there are more cons than pros, I’m really OK with mom being on Facebook. Hopefully she will make time for me soon to show her how to handle photos, and maybe we will see the images she took from her trip to England, where she was in March. I’m calling her out on the blog, so hopefully this will help. Love you Mom!

Here’s an entertaining flowchart of parent friends, via Cool Material.

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