You won't believe this criminal lawsuit taking place over Facebook photos. Julian Robinson, from Daily Mail Online discovered that last month, an 18-year-old Austrian girl was suing her parents for embarrassing photos of her being put on Facebook. She claims that there were pictures of her being potty-trained, having her diaper changed and 500 other intimate photos. She claims she just wants her parents to take her seriously and stop treating her like a child. Sound familiar? Now imagine if this was you. You walk into your parent's house; they're smiling, reminiscing about the "good ol' days".
They say to you: "Hey hun, check your phone! We've uploaded some of our best memories."
Feeling horrified, you open your Facebook to find hundreds of pictures of yourself. You naked as a baby. You potty training. You with your first haircut, your first lost tooth. Would you go to the extent to sue them? There are many good reasons why you should never, ever befriend your parents on Facebook. In fact, it could even save you a law suit.
In every parent-child relationship there should be some boundaries that come with it. Should this be included in one of them? Social media such as Facebook are making those boundaries become increasingly blurred. It basically takes those lines that should never be crossed and crosses them. Gustavo Mesh, a senior professor at Haifa University writes in 2009 that Familial Relations and the Internet that having family members on Facebook can actually decrease the quality of relationships. As the 18-year old girl showed, it can cause tension between the two of you. In our society today, some parents may seem like they want to appear more like a friend to their child, rather than an authoritative figure. However, the fact is that they are your parent, not your best friend. Elen Jackson and a team of researchers from Miami University writes in his 2016 journal Cultural Variation in Reports of Subjective Experience of Parent– Child Boundary Dissolution Among Emerging Adults, that when the boundaries between parent and child are gone, this results in them feeling overwhelmed, sad, and emotionally distanced from their guardian. As much as they need you to be friendly with them, they also need guidance and a role model to look up to. Therefore, over sharing information and photographs can lead to negative results.
1. They don’t know basic abbreviations.
2. On top of that, they’ll say inappropriate things
3. They don't understand the boundary of what to share and what not to share.
4. You’ll forget you have them.
5. They won’t know where to comment.
Ultimately, save yourself the trouble and them the embarrassment by not letting them get Facebook in the first place.
Do you have any embarrassing Facebook stories about your parents to share?