Note to self:
Unless I have any business obligations to the contrary, I will leave Facebook when Nya comes of the age to join. Nowadays, there are ten and twelve-year old children on the site, so I guess I don’t have much longer, do I?
I make this note so as to remind myself as an original Facebook-er (joined when it was still only for college students in 2004) that it may not be very”cool” or “clever” to be a casual member of a site that captures the interests of my children.
I make this note so as to indirectly make a “dig” at older persons in my life who think it’s cool that they and their children are both on Facebook, even though their children refuse to add them as friends or to even include their last name so as to prevent being included in “familial” searches.
I make this note so as to not convince myself that there are no other more “creative” ways to learn about the “what’s happenings” in the lives of my children.
I make this note out of frustration that there are, at this moment, at least ten notes in my notifications that include the back and forth responses of a mom asking that her daughter remember to turn off the lights in the living room before going to school.
I make this note out of frustration at having to not appear as though I know why my mom friends on Facebook can’t see everything on their son or daughter’s page (i.e., their wall, pictures, friends, etc.). Mom friend: “I guess he’s just a shy, good kid.” My internal thought: “Riiiiiiiiiight.”
I make this note so as to not become one of those moms who parents via status messages and wall posts.
Similarly, I make this note so as to express my frustration with having to hear from too many mom friends about how their child posted some unflattering picture of themselves at a party that they lied about attending.
I make this note so as to…. (sigh) you get the point!
While I am not against other moms and dads who, along with their children, use Facebook, particularly for business or to connect (occasionally) with old friends, I am just saying that at this point in my life, the idea of continuing to use it when my children can is.just.not.for.me. Thank you.