Moms Are Now Creating Social Media Profiles For Their Babies, Because Narcissism Is The New Black
I’m not here to hate on the parents who share and over-share pictures and updates of their kids on social media. I get it. Sometimes it’s annoying, sometimes it’s information overload, and sometimes I genuinely love looking at cute pictures of your adorably chubby baby. C’est la vie and all that. Carry on. I have diarrhea of the camera when it comes to pictures of my dog, so I usually try to be a No Judgement Zone. Â But please know that if you’re part of theÂ forty percent of “millenial moms” who create, manage, and regularly update social media profiles for your infant, well… I’m judging you a little. I’m sorry. I. Just. Don’t. Get. It. I thought the whole purpose of being a parent on social media was to make everyone think you’re perfect at being a parent… now this? I can’t keep up.
According to a survey conducted by Gerber.com,Â 40 percent of moms aged 18 to 34 created social media accounts for their baby before the childâ€™s first birthday â€” and another 7 percent made one before their kidâ€™s second birthday. If you, like me, are wondering WHY DEAR GOD WHY, allow these moms to validate their narcissism.
Cristina Carmona says the social media account for her daughter is â€œthe easiest way for me to share photos of her with my friends and family. From her soccer practices, to Disneyland and everyday events, sheâ€™s always on the goâ€”and I love sharing her daily life with others.â€
I’m assuming that only friends and family (read: the only people who truly care that much about what your child is doing every waking minute of her day) have access to these types of profiles, in which case – that’s fine. Still a bit much, if you ask me, but fine. Nicole Doyle, a mom of toddler-aged twins, created a profile for a different reason:
â€œI did it because my boys were micro-preemies, born at 25 weeks, and it was a way to keep friends and family informed on how they were doing.Â Once they got out of the NICU, I [switched to using] it as an update to what the two twin tornados are doing, which is usually destruction.â€
I’m torn between thinking this particular scenario was just a way for Nicole to get people to pander to her narcissism vs. a way to vent and maintain optimal sanity during a highly stressful time. Probably a bit of both.
Lily Silva, a 29-year-old mom of one, made a fairly valid point:
â€œI think everything my son does is cute and I would love to post pictures all day long of what he doesâ€”but, I didnâ€™t want him to hijack my page. I’m still meâ€”Iâ€™m a mom, but I’m also a daughter, girlfriend, employee. Although Mateo is the most important thing in my life, itâ€™s a step I took to make sure I remained me.â€
I can support that way of thinking, I’m not unreasonably judgmental about this. I do think that the greater, high-level point here is that social media has becomeÂ that important to our “millenial” (I use air quotes with this word because I hate it, in case you were wondering) culture. I wonder how their kids will feel when they’re older, knowing so many personal moments were shared so publicly – especially because we know social media has been proven to stress kids out. I’m sure there will come a time when every human on earth has a digital footprint spanning from the time of their conception on, but still. It makes me just a little uneasy, I guess.