Facebook Ruined My Mother’s Day

by Abby on May 15, 2013

I give Facebook a thumbs downEven though I love blogs and social media for the most part, I am not a huge fan of Facebook. This is mainly because every time I go on it, I end up feeling bad about myself. Mother’s Day was no exception. I came downstairs already a little grumpy because it’s not exactly “sleeping in” when small, loud people keep barging in and dive-bombing you in your bed.

I might have been satisfied with my handmade cards and supermarket bouquet if I didn’t happen to go on Facebook and see all the photos of gloriously happy families lavishing their mothers with brunch, mimosas, and gratitude.

Later that day, I happened to read an article about this exact phenomenon in the new issue of O magazine, which is not yet online or I’d link to it. Martha Beck discusses how Facebook feeds our FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and what you can do about it. In the meantime, head over to TheBump.com for my thoughts on how to keep Facebook funk at bay.

LAUGH O’ THE DAY: This year, my husband’s 40th birthday happened to fall on Mother’s Day. Way to steal my thunder, right?! So that morning, Miles very sweetly says, “Mom, if it’s Daddy’s birthday AND Mother’s Day, who am I supposed to order around today?”


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Jennifer May 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm

This made me laugh sympathetically because 1) I also got a supermarket bouquet–of wilting flowers, no less–for Mother’s Day, and 2) I am writing a newsletter article this week about how social media can make people depressed and feel like they don’t measure up to others.


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