Facebook Now Catering to Pregnant Women

pregnant laptopAs someone who's never even been comfortable divulging her relationship status on Facebook (partly because it changes so frequently that I'm afraid of giving my "friends" virtual whiplash), I can't say I'm in love with the social networking site's latest status update option, Expected: Child. ("Child" as opposed to what, exactly?) I don't think I'm an extraordinarily private person, but this, to me, feels ... yucky.

The part I hate the most is that parents-to-be will even be able to upload a pic to go along with their Expected status. (I can only assume sonograms will be the most common choice.)

I know a lot of you will disagree with me, but ...


It just seems a little bit exploitative. The kid hasn't even been born yet, and already she has to be an Internet presence? Before she takes her first breath? Does this mean, theoretically, that a human being can be "Googled" before she can be held or fed or bathed?

I guess it's probably a harmless advancement, but I'm glad I didn't have to deal with this when I was pregnant with either of my kids. I can't help but think back to the later months of pregnancy when those unwanted questions start pouring in ... Any contractions yet? Are you dilated at all? Effaced? Do you have your bag packed? Is your birth plan ready? How much weight have you gained?

Picture all of those queries in the form of posts on your wall ... imagine the endless notifications popping up on your phone. This would drive me stark raving mad. Expected: Hormonally-induced breakdown.

I don't know, maybe I'm getting old (agree with me at your own peril!), but I'm just not on board with this one.

What do you think of Facebook's Expected: Child status option?


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