If your Facebook is anything like mine, it’s filled with photos of babies that you don’t want to see, and results from kids sports days that you don’t give a shit about. Other people’s kids can be pretty annoying, but there’s no need to be this much of a dick about it.
I don’t like babies. I don’t have one, and I don’t particularly want one right now either.
I also don’t really think it’s right to plaster babies all over Facebook. You get embarrassed when your mum gets the baby photos out, right? Imagine if she was going around all her mates house for years and showing them, then putting them up on walls for everybody to see your little willy in the bath, or the time you drew on your face with Crayola felt tips.
However, it’s your Facebook page, and you are allowed to post whatever you want, within reason. Some people probably don’t like my sarcastic quips (that’s their problem, I’m hilarious), and don’t want to read about me being on Tinder, how shit Everton are playing, or see pics of my new trainers. They can hide posts from me, or even unfriend me if they want to. That’s fine.
That’s all it takes. If you don’t like what somebody is posting, don’t read it or look at it. The option to hide it is right there. Trust me… I’ve hidden a good 75% of my contacts.
Unfortunately for Jade Ruthven, a 33-year-old first time mum, some people on her ‘friends’ list decided not to do that. They took a far more direct approach.
Poor Jade received this letter, anonymously, obviously:
I have got together with a few of the girls and we are SO OVER your running commentary of your life and every single thing Addy does. Look, we all have kids that we are besotted with — guess what — every parent thinks their kid is the best kid ever. But we don’t ram it down everyone else’s neck!!!
She wears a new outfit — well take a photo and send it PRIVATELY to the person who gave it to her — not to everyone!!!! She crawls off the mat — we don’t care!!!!! She’s 6 months old — BIG DEAL!!!! Stop and think — if every mother posted that crap about their kid — I’m sure you’d get over it pretty quickly.
We can’t wait for you get back to work — maybe you won’t have time to Facebook quite so much.
Addy is gorgeous and we all love her, but our kids are great too.
I guess you are just pissing a lot of people off with your ‘Addy this and Addy that’ — we all thought it might ease off after the first month, but it hasn’t.
Not everyone is as interested as you are about what Addy does so give us all a break.
We’re doing this to let you know what people think.
It’s a pretty difficult one, really. Jade can post what she wants, and is obviously a very proud mum. Her friends are sick of reading about it, and decided to be very, VERY blunt. Are they in the wrong? Maybe.
What do you reckon? Are babies cute, adorable, and deservedly all over Facebook, or are they like farts – Beautiful to their creator, but everyone else thinks they stink?