Get Yo’ Mama Off Facebook

Kelsey Williams

Everyone dreads the day when they come home to find a parent doodlebopping on FACEBOOK.

After years of my mother scolding me for having a Facebook and lecturing me about how unsafe it is, she has finally come to terms with the fact that Facebook has swept the nation and is an undeniable revolution in social networking. After accepting Facebook, the general next step is participating in the movement. Following suit, my mother proceeded to ask me to set up a Facebook for her. Absolutely not. Why would I ever participate in giving my parent a way to examine my social life on the Internet?

Another scenario is quite common: you log on to Facebook and find a friend request from—please, God, no—your mom or dad. If you ignore their request, they have reason to believe you have something to hide, but if you reluctantly accept, you now have ten new notifications every day from your mother commenting on yet another “precious/adorable/so fun!/beautiful” picture of you.

Of course, there are the exceptions. There always are. Some Facebook users are lucky enough to have parents who realize their boundaries on Facebook. These parents use the site for their own personal social lives, and know how to post a meaningful or humorous comment.Despite your situation, at a point in all our lives, we will be forced to consider how we feel about having our parents be a part of the Facebook world.

Indeed, everyone can benefit from up-to-date parents who think they are all about fitting in with the new generation. The acceptance of Facebook is great, but whether they should partake in the actual using of the site is debatable.

Furthermore, these days the use of Facebook is expanding to older generations than even our parents.

However, a grandparent or great aunt on Facebook doesn’t seem to be as bad, probably because it is just plain funny. Since you know that your grandma may be sifting through your profile one day, you’re more likely to censor what you choose to share with the world, which, in the end, is probably for the best. Perhaps Great Aunt Gertrude will be the sole reason why you weren’t fired from your job or rejected by a college.

Facebook is becoming more and more accessible to prospective employers, and professionals in general, rather than its initial purpose of social interactions.

Whether you have experienced the horror, or maybe joy, of seeing your parents’ name pop up on your news feed or not, parents on Facebook is an unstoppable trend. One can anticipate and expect parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents all to use you, in a loveable squeeze with that said family member as the subject for their profile picture. My mother put it best when she said to me, “You better get used to it. You can’t stop us.”

Students are reluctant to “accept” friend request from parental unit.

“I tried to explain to my mom that she couldn’t write on my wall because it would be like, back when she was a teenager, if she was talking on the phone and her mom picked up on the line and started talking to her while she was trying to talk to her friend. She only kind of understood, but I tried.”—Senior Hannah Tennant

“One time when I signed on to Facebook, I had a new friend request from a woman with the same name as my grandma—to my dismay, it was my grandma. She likes to write on my wall after examining my profile, asking about my most recent wall-to-wall with someone. She points out who I should and shouldn’t be talking to, according to their profiles, and comments on inappropriate pictures, saying “your grandma wouldn’t like this if she had a Facebook—oh wait, she does.” –Senior Will Lavis

“Last night my dad liked his own status… My parents are very active on Facebook. Sometimes my mom Facebook chats me from downstairs telling me to get off Facebook and do my homework or sometimes she uses Facebook to tell me that dinner is ready.” –Senior Margo Boyd

“Margo’s dad likes to comment on a lot of my pictures and write on my wall. The wall posts are pretty frequent and go something like this: “Hey girlie! Long time no see! How’s life?” It’s great to keep in touch with him and I really appreciate it, but it’s a little public.

My parents also have a Facebook, but they aren’t as active as some parents. I don’t mind the comments from my parents, but I don’t love it.”—Senior Jacqueline Garell