I jumped on the Facebook bandwagon almost a year ago and it’s one of the most exciting things to have happened to me in years, right after the birth of my two children.
But this new-found time sucker is not without its hazards.
For example, Facebook either keeps you honest, or calls you out on your excuses and lies.
You cancel on your friend for this morning's playdate, saying that little Jake has a bad cold. Later you post in your status update that your family had a great day at the zoo. Your friend, like almost everyone else you know, is on your facebook and reads this.
Disclaimer: Just to be clear, that is not something I personally have done. But I know some moms that have. I’ve never, ever used my kids as an excuse to get out of an activity. Whoa, was that lightning that just struck?
A few months ago a friend of mine backed out of a casual afternoon coffee date, lamenting how she had way too much on her plate that day. But a couple of hours later, around the time that I would have been sipping a latte with my gal pal, she posted a mobile upload of her freshly painted tootsies from the nail salon where she was at getting a pedi with her mom and sister.
Being the smart alec that I am, I made a comment on her photo and called her out in a joking way and, of course, she had a perfectly good explanation. No hard feelings. But I learned from that experience that you have to be very, very careful with this little addiction called facebook.
Just this week I faced a new dilemma. My son had his birthday party and I wondered if I should post the pictures from our little shindig. Would I hurt anyone's feelings who wasn't invited? Obviously not a child's feelings, but we all know how personal we moms can take rejection on behalf of our brood.
And probably the worst thing yet, I was looking at an old college friend’s page and as I scrolled down her Wall, I saw that one of her friends posted a comment referring to hearing that she was having marital issues and hoped that they worked it all out soon. The way it was worded you could tell that the friend probably really didn’t realize this was being posted for all to see (she was probably a fb newbie). Hello, now it’s public knowledge! And even your old college friend whom you haven’t seen in 12 years knows about your marital woes!
So I am just wondering, what Facebook stories do you all have? Whether they happened to you or someone you know, I ™d love to hear them!
When Stephanie isn’t busy stalking old boyfriends on Facebook, you can find her at www.mommish.com.