Non-mom and former Atlanta resident Blair Koenig created a blog and now a book about the things she says parents are oversharing on Facebook. The book is called “STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare.”
“To write the book, Koenig borrowed heavily from her “STFU, Parents” blog, which she started in 2009 after noticing her own Facebook newsfeed becoming cluttered with even the most mundane photos and stories about her friends’ children.”
“The blog, which now attracts more than 1.5 million readers a month, asks readers to submit the most egregious overshares they see on Facebook, which Koenig separates into categories, including “Woe is Mom” (Mothers who complain about being mothers), “Mommyjacking (Mothers who use friends’ unrelated status updates to share news about their children) and, in Koenig’s opinion, the most noxious of the group – Sanctimommies (sanctimonious mothers). One submission has a father – yes, there are Sanctidaddies, too – saying “Only when you are a parent you realize how life is worth more with a child.”
While I’ve seen plenty of parents humblebragging about their kids’ grades or accomplishments, I’ve seen ridiculous amounts of self-indulgent, jaw-dropping posts from non-parents about their coffee, their toes at the beach, how their butts look in their new dresses, and every freakin’ meal they have ever eaten – whether at home or in a restaurant. Talk about self-indulgent, at least parents are sharing photos of someone other than themselves.
If you want to see real oversharing, head on over to Instagram and Twitter. Entire days are documented by non-parents: here is my subway ride to work, this the store I buy my coffee, this is the line I wait in, this is my elevator, this is the meeting I am stuck in currently, this is the way my desk looks today, this is what I am having for lunch …. Non-parents may not care if their friend’s kid broke an arm, but the thing is many parents don’t care about your bruschetta and cocktail after work.
I think we can probably all agree that everyone overshares on social media, but who do you think is more self-indulgent: Parents or non-parents? What posts from either group irritate you the most?