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Parents Vs. Non-Parents: Social Media Wars

Ah, Facebook…you divide us again.

Nope, I’m not talking Syria, mumps, or marriage equality. I’m talking the parents vs. the non-parents at school time.

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Like most of you, I have a newsfeed full of pictures of kids from pre-k to high school heading back for their first day of school. ‘Where did the time go?’ you all asked.

I get it, when you’re a parent, your kids are your everything. I’m sure 10 years from now, I’ll be (hopefully) sharing photos of my kids saying the exact same thing.

But right now? I’m on the other team.

A Point listener and Facebook friend of mine made an interesting comment after I asked what was going on today.

Colleen said, ‘annoyed at all mothers who bitch when I post pictures of my food or dogs yet feel the need to fill my news feed with pictures of their little rodents going back to school…’

Now, perhaps calling them rodents isn’t the best way to begin the conversation, but I believe her statement brings about an important topic.

The ‘Who cares?’ Response

I don’t have children, so there are no kid pictures coming from me, unless I get a cute snap of my godson or other baby cousins. I do consider myself a foodie though, and so I post pictures of food all the time. I’m sure a lot of people find that annoying, thinking to themselves, ‘who cares??’

Well, I care. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have posted it. If you don’t care to see the things I’m interested in, you have two options: get over it, or unfriend me.

It happens all the time on the Point page, so I’m (unfortunately) used to it.

One of us will take the time to write a post, and invariably someone will write, ‘Who cares?!?’ on our Facebook page. Well, regardless of what you think, we write it because we believe SOMEONE will care, and usually they do. The picture of Kim Kardashian’s kid, quite like every post we’ve ever done about the cast of ‘Jersey Shore,’ gets the most ‘who cares?’ comments…and winds up being the most read post of the week.

That being said, if you see something on Facebook you don’t care about, why point it out? Instead of focusing on the negative, why not just skip to the next thing?

I have one life rule: Don’t be a d-bag.

I don’t like strawberry ice cream…doesn’t mean no one else is allowed to like it. It also doesn’t mean if someone talks about strawberry ice cream I need to write, ‘Gross.’ Here’s a thought: If you have nothing nice to say, shut the f up.

Am I sick of the 100 first day of school pictures? Eh. Could I do without them? Sure, but it doesn’t really bother me either way, because I just keep scrolling until I see something I’m interested in.

So Colleen, the next time someone says ‘who cares?’ when you post a picture of food or your puppy…just block them. Better yet, unfriend them, because who needs the hassle?

Until then, let’s have some fun:

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Colleen shares a photo of young Rocco on his ‘first day of school.’ (Facebook)

As for me, look how tall my coffee got! Where does the caffeine go so fast?

Laurie's back to school coffee
Coffee, you can be anything you want to be! (Laurie Cataldo)

My coffee said, ‘When I grow up, I want to be: a pumpkin spice latte.’ Dream big, dear coffee. Dream big!!

Now let’s all get along, shall we?

What annoys you most on Facebook? Tell us in the comment section below!

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