Sunday, February 20, 2011


A friend of mine is having a baby today, like right now.  In fact I can also tell you that she's 5 cm and they will be breaking her water soon.  How do I know all this?  Her husband keeps updating us on Twitter which feeds into Facebook. 
I received some other good news today, a great friend of mine got engaged last night.  How do I know this?  She called me this morning to let me know. 
This got me thinking about the age we live in and how we share information.  How do you share stuff?  Maybe I'm letting my generation show a bit, but I don't tweet.  I do update my Facebook. 
And how much do you share?  Are you like my cousin who always has an amusing joke on your updates?  Or, does everyone know what's happening with your kids because of yours?
I'm one of those that share things like my son's hockey scores or my 3 year old's anectodes.   But I know everyone on my Facebook in real life.  I have high security settings. 
My friend who is letting us know his wife's labouring progress has a big twitter following.  He doesn't know everyone personally on his list.  He's also about 10 years younger than me.  Is it a generation thing?  Do those younger than me just not think twice about that sort of thing?
My friend who called me this morning to share her news had yet to make the big Facebook announcement, she wanted to tell everyone that was important to her herself.  She's just a couple of years younger than me. 
I know this isn't as much of a parenting topic as usual, but it does have me wondering about the generation of kids we are raising.  What is life going to be like for them?  How much information should be going out online?  How much should we be sharing about our kids and our lives online?  I don't have any solid answers, but I know what I'm comfortable with.  How about you?

1 comment:

  1. I fully expect my son to surpass me in the way of technology. And coming from a techie age myself I use common sense. Personal information that could be used against me I keep just that personal. I would hope my child would do that same. However we are in a society were our personal space is invaded more and more. Such as a cell phones that have gps' in them so you always know where you are.....and so does someone else. I don't really have any answers either. Just I want to be open minded. I want to learn as much information as possible so that as things change I can make informed decisions and not I'm scared out of mind of what my kid is possible doing ones.




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