My parents are on Facebook, I am friends with them and sometimes I laugh at what comes out of their mouths with regards to this social media.
How is it that you have so many friends on your Facebook???? Well parents, I have those I went to high school with, those I went to church with, college (check), Greek organizations at college (check), people I have worked with (check) and friends I have made since college (check). It kind of adds up quickly. I may not talk to all of them but it is great to keep up to date with what is going on in their lives. Also, I can see all of their kids as they grow. A nice, efficient way to keep up with everyone.
How can I get rid of what is on my wall? Umm dad, this doesn’t take up space on your computer, it is all stored on the interwebs. (and this question has come up a little too often)
Did you see so and so’s new pictures of X? Not yet mom. Yes I know so and so is getting married. I did see her new pictures of the little one. Or yes mom, Bubba has a picture that is 100 years old from the wedding we went to in Kansas…
My mom has outfriended dad and I think that is great because she is now catching up with people she knew from years ago. Or a great way to keep up with her bestie that she has known since they were little girls. Of course mom also friends some of my friends and an ex. I think a few years ago it might have driven me crazy but now, well, she knows pretty much what I am up to and because I talk about some of my friends to her (keeping her posted on kids, houses, etc) it allows her to put faces with all of the names. Nashville was a huge part of my life that my parents were not a part of (apparently the traffic turns them off) so for her to see pictures, hear us comment on life, etc. puts her in the loop in terms of my life.
Of course then I feel like a total bad friend because my mom seems to comment more on my friends updates and pictures than I do. . . sorry friends! I love all your updates, pictures and the like, but apparently I suck at commenting. Keep the kid pics coming though! I am still amazed at how quickly they are all changing. Please make them stay small for a bit longer!
All and all, having the parental unit on Facebook really isn’t all that bad. Of course, had this been around (heck, internet usage at all) when I was in college. Well, let’s just say I am happy that wasn’t the case. I would have a whole lot of ‘splainin to do.