newborn feetIt's no big secret that social media has kind of taken over our culture in every way possible. That's why it probably won't come as a shock to hear that most babies make their Facebook debut within an hour of being born.

The website www.posterista.co.uk polled 2,367 parents of kids ages 5 and under and asked them how soon their newborn's image was posted to one of their social media platforms after birth. The average time came in at 57.9 minutes, and not surprisingly, Facebook was the place where photos were shared the most, with Instagram and Flickr coming in second and third.

Huh, 57.9 minutes? I'm actually kind of shocked the average time is that long, considering how glued we are to our smartphones.

And I know there are plenty of moms and dads who are cautious about posting pictures online of their kids, but I honestly think that sharing baby's photos via Facebook is a good thing for new parents.

OMG. Do you know what I would've done for a Facebook account back when I had my son seven years ago? We were living out in Denver at the time of his birth, and all of our family and friends were back on the east coast. And that meant that on and around the day that he arrived, we were bombarded with phone call after phone call and email after email wanting to hear the scoop and/or obtain photos. To say it got pretty annoying and tedious is a major understatement.

I mean, we appreciated the fact that everyone was taking an interest in our son and it was understandable that they wanted to hear all the details on his birth. But considering how emotionally and physically exhausted we were, we groaned pretty much every time the phone rang or we opened our inboxes.

It would've been so nice to quickly upload photos and share them with everyone with one simple click. Maybe we actually would've had the much needed peace and quiet we were craving during that time.

If I could offer one piece of advice to today's new parents, I'd say SHARE AWAY when it comes to posting your baby's photos to Facebook, Instagram, whatever. You're not only doing yourselves a favor by gaining a little more time to bond with your newborn -- you're also making everyone who loves and cares about you absolutely thrilled in a matter of a few seconds. See? You can't get more of a win-win situation than that.

How long did you wait before sharing your baby's photos online?

 

Image via jencu/Flickr