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Mom "Likes" Facebook

There are already too many jokes about our parents—the senior set in general—adapting to social media.  Just when some older people are comfortable consistently using email, we say, "Never mind. Start a blog. Tweet. Get on Facebook. It's fun!"

My mother took the Facebook plunge. Dad's holding strong. I believe hell really will freeze over before he signs up for an account.

I talked her into it. Poor thing. I wore her down during a visit last November. "It's SO easy. We'll be able to share pictures. You can keep track of Joe [my brother] and you'll find treasures in rekindled relationships from the past."

Mom bought the idea as I lied to myself as much as her. Facebook is a time sucking, angst causing, self-esteem crushing, bizarre life distraction. [Just me?] It's like the bowl of M&M's and Hot Tamales on my kitchen counter—for guests, of course. I should have a piece of fruit or handful of almonds for a snack, but there sits that damn bowl of temptation. At the end of some days, I've grabbed too many of the wrong things and I feel oily. Too much candy, and too many clicks of the refresh/reload button on Facebook. Loser.

So, Mom and I set up her Facebook account, selected a cute photo of her and started looking for all of her old boyfriends and that one girl who was mean to her in high school. I alerted my brother immediately.

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Joe has yet to reply. It's been five months.

I told Mom that it's important to make an occasional appearance on Facebook. Lurkers are boring and selfish. [Harsh words from someone who lurks.] I encouraged her to, at a minimum, comment on friends' photos. So she tried. I posted a picture of my sons and Mom accidentally updated her status.

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Mom has made additional attempts on Facebook over the past few months. I've seen her wish people a happy birthday and she enjoys the "Like" button. But she still gets confused. While trying to comment on something my cousin wrote, she again updated her own status.

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I let my cousin know.

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Mom's traveling to Utah to visit us in a few weeks. I told her we would spend a little time practicing our Facebook skills. Writing status updates, commenting, liking, removing comments, un-liking and polishing our personal brands in case we've screwed up our privacy settings...again.

In the meantime:

  • Keep trying!
  • Positive comments are never a bad thing and the safest for beginners.
  • When in doubt, don't hit "Enter".
  • And above ALL, if Dad ever joins us on Facebook [he won't], never ever, never refer to him as "babe".

Reader Comments (14)

Oh Chrisy this is such a FUNNY post! I love it! You and your mom are both so stinking cute I can't stand it. When she comes, practice on my page - comment on my posts! Both of my parents have accounts -- but I have it set so they can't see mine. Why? I don't know. It's not like I talk about how much I drink (cuz I'm pregnant! doh!) or complain a lot. (Shhhh...I don't!) But seriously, I loved this and totally relate!
April 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchristy
Chris, keep it up! I wish my mom could have used FB -- she would have loved it since our family is so spread out. Of course she would have done much of the same -- updating her status with comments, typing names that she meant to search in the status update box....

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudy
Oh...I have TEARS. This is the funniest parents-on-Facebook blog post I've ever read. My mom is my #1 lurker/fan and I only wish she'd take the plunge like your mom so I'd at least have some blog fodder.
April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMs. Maxwell
I called Mom and told her we WILL practice on your page when she's here. I think it's funny that you've blocked your parents from your stuff. I told Mom about your comment and she said, "For god sakes, you don't need to block me. I know everything." And she kinda does. Sucks. Look for Kaye and Chrisy VERY soon. xo
April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris
April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris
XO to you, too. Thinking of your sister... Owe you a proper email.
April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris
That last line cracked me up! What a wonderfully funny post!
April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLady Fi
Sad to say, I'm about as competent as your mum on Facebook. Until I worked out my privacy settings, I was horrified to find people from my very distant paste looking me up and expecting the cliff notes version of my life story. Shudder!
April 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertinsenpup
That is AWESOME she's jumping in, even with writing on her own wall. And yes, what a cute photo of her.

My folks don't even want a computer.

I'm not much of a FB person, but I was on there for about 5 minutes last week -- a long time for me.

April 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJannie Funster
This is hilarious! I just loved it!

And Facebook? Crushes my self esteem daily.
April 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranna see
Is she having as much trouble with the automatic sending of an update when you push return.

Good luck with your teaching!
Hey, Sweet Thang!

I've been telling myself to leave this link for you and Toddler Boy, since you said he likes Blue Bunny...



And eventually, I'll have to do another BB Header Recap -- he does get up to lots of things!!

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJannie Funster

Good for your mom for making a go of it. I am not on facebook (i know, still!) and a big reason for that is I think it is a bit soul crushing.
May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeidre
My mother is on Facebook and she forgot her password.

I'm not helping her find it. :)
August 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZak

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