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2013-04-05 10:45:42 PM

spiderpaz: Gyrfalcon: What does that have to do with children specifically though? Doesn't that go for ANYTHING that anyone might be doing in their lives, that might not be as interesting to all their friends?

Yes, but you'll notice that this thread is about children.

Yes, but this thread is nothing but a bunch of whinny douche's that are probably guilty of boring their friends will all the inane shiate that they post, and ....  Actually, I think Mikey already said it pretty decisively:

Mikey1969: She's right, all of these babies are getting in the way of important things, like the state of someone's bowel movements, or what kind of Frappa-Latte-Cino they had THIS time, maybe the fact that the dishes are done, or that they finally got the garage door opener to to work. Then there's the ever-popular 'Like'of WalMart that needs to be posted. Kids take away all of our attention from other people's unimportant bullshiat.

Really, she's just bitter that people quit paying attention to her Starbuck's updates. She needs to buy twist-free panties and STFU herself.

If you don't want to be bothered by what someone else is interested in, WHY are you friends with them on facebook?


Sweet, you got my point about people who biatch about parents posting pics of their kids!

I am SO proud of you, thought it might be too subtle for Fark.
 
2013-04-05 10:47:08 PM
Just another childless child-hater checking into the thread.

/sterile
//my definition of happiness need not match yours thank you
 
2013-04-05 10:54:17 PM
They make babies cute so you don't kill them.
 
2013-04-05 10:58:49 PM

Another Government Employee: They make babies cute so you don't kill them.


And then they made it illegal because some babies just didn't make the grade ;-)

/ friend had a strange-looking baby
// she got cute at about 18 months, but before that...yeesh.
 
2013-04-05 11:01:51 PM
Parents get awfully defensive when us child free people don't care to see everything that happens with their kid. They like to tell everyone how busy they are, too, constantly. It's almost as if they're jealous of us.
 
2013-04-05 11:10:36 PM
Whatever. It's their Facebook.
 
2013-04-05 11:30:30 PM

nicoffeine: Look, if you don't like children, go ahead and don't like them. That's fine. My son is turning 18 this year, and it's a big thing to me. If you don't like me, and the fact that it's a big thing to me... fine.

Subby calling this woman a hero because she hates people is farking ridiculous. Hate is not a heroic stance.

There are people who don't post every god damn thing that happens to their precious baby, and then, there are people whom are astounded by the advances of a human being... their offspring.. that they love unconditionally.

It's amazing. There are people out there telling you, "you don't know, you never have had to go through it." And, they're right.

Telling people you hate their babies makes you look like filth.

To me.

Twunt.


just keep your family stuff, you know, in your family. unless your kid wins the super bowl or teh nobel prize we dont give a  fark, not even once , ever.
 
2013-04-05 11:42:43 PM

spiderpaz: Gyrfalcon: What does that have to do with children specifically though? Doesn't that go for ANYTHING that anyone might be doing in their lives, that might not be as interesting to all their friends?

Yes, but you'll notice that this thread is about children.

Yes, but this thread is nothing but a bunch of whinny douche's that are probably guilty of boring their friends will all the inane shiate that they post, and ....  Actually, I think Mikey already said it pretty decisively:

Mikey1969: She's right, all of these babies are getting in the way of important things, like the state of someone's bowel movements, or what kind of Frappa-Latte-Cino they had THIS time, maybe the fact that the dishes are done, or that they finally got the garage door opener to to work. Then there's the ever-popular 'Like'of WalMart that needs to be posted. Kids take away all of our attention from other people's unimportant bullshiat.

Really, she's just bitter that people quit paying attention to her Starbuck's updates. She needs to buy twist-free panties and STFU herself.

If you don't want to be bothered by what someone else is interested in, WHY are you friends with them on facebook?


Well, why are you here on Fark? Same thing only without the baby pics, really. Because we like to get all up in other people's business, but we don't have sewing circles, coffee clubs, and corner bars anymore to do it in.
 
2013-04-06 12:15:32 AM

dennysgod: Parents lives revolve around their kids, that's what it means to be a parent so here's a helpful hint, don't "friend" people that have kids if you don't wanted to be bombarded with pictures of Little Timmy with tampons up his nose after raiding mom's bathroom.


How about I just stick with friending people who don't feel the need to be obnoxious about their kids?  A day at the zoo? fark yeah share those pictures.  Timmy wiped shiat all over himself and your walls?  Put the camera down and clean him up.
 
2013-04-06 12:42:34 AM
30-something childless blogger from Brooklyn interviewed in Salon. That about sums it up.
 
2013-04-06 12:59:19 AM

EmmaLou: Parents get awfully defensive when us child free people don't care to see everything that happens with their kid. They like to tell everyone how busy they are, too, constantly. It's almost as if they're jealous of us.


Dunno...if anybody is harboring resentments, I'm going to wager it's those who abuse plain expression in language in order to validate their own worldview.

/English has a word for "child free"; it is "childless."
 
2013-04-06 01:10:34 AM

Bumblefark: EmmaLou: Parents get awfully defensive when us child free people don't care to see everything that happens with their kid. They like to tell everyone how busy they are, too, constantly. It's almost as if they're jealous of us.

Dunno...if anybody is harboring resentments, I'm going to wager it's those who abuse plain expression in language in order to validate their own worldview.

/English has a word for "child free"; it is "childless."


Actually it has at least two phrases: but childless and child free.
 
2013-04-06 01:14:52 AM

Bumblefark: /English has a word for "child free"; it is "childless."


That just makes it sound sad, like we're missing out on something. I prefer the term "Unchilded".
 
2013-04-06 01:20:18 AM
I know someone like that... always complaining about people posting kid pictures, while she can't stop posting pictures of her dog...
 
2013-04-06 01:46:00 AM
Attention whoring troll with a blog (that sucks).  What is her fark handle?
 
2013-04-06 02:04:04 AM
I like the way my one pair of college friends do it. The only time we hear about their kids is when the kids did something genuinely funny, are dressed in costumes for our amusement, very clearly enjoying a toy we or some other friend sent or if they have a legit milestone to celebrate, such as first word, first steps or first defeat of an adult at a video game.

My favorite picture of my little goddaughter is the one of her excitedly beating her Dad at Super MarioKart on the NES/SNES/Sega multi-console I sent for her fourth birthday. The look of triumph on her adorable little face, and the look of 'dafuq?!' on her Dad's, followed by the heartfelt and loving death threat he sent me, of such things are family-friendships truly made.
 
2013-04-06 02:10:55 AM

fusillade762: Bumblefark: /English has a word for "child free"; it is "childless."

That just makes it sound sad, like we're missing out on something. I prefer the term "Unchilded".


You're talking to an atheist...someone who is literally, "without God." (Never mind that I am also "without Santa, the Easter Bunny, or Zeus.") I'm sure I could come up with some creative alternative, to talk my way around using the commonly accepted term. But, I just don't care, and it doesn't matter anyway. So, "atheist" is fine by me.

Language is a social construct. Personal preferences are sort of beside the point.
 
2013-04-06 02:17:46 AM

lewismarktwo: Bumblefark: EmmaLou: Parents get awfully defensive when us child free people don't care to see everything that happens with their kid. They like to tell everyone how busy they are, too, constantly. It's almost as if they're jealous of us.

Dunno...if anybody is harboring resentments, I'm going to wager it's those who abuse plain expression in language in order to validate their own worldview.

/English has a word for "child free"; it is "childless."

Actually it has at least two phrases: but childless and child free.


Not entirely sure what the argument here is, but my point was that when you are substituting a phrase for a commonly accepted word, odds are you're doing something sort of dishonest with language...

Of course, if you disagree, we might have to subject you to enhanced interrogation until you concede the point.
 
2013-04-06 02:25:06 AM

Bumblefark: fusillade762: Bumblefark: /English has a word for "child free"; it is "childless."

That just makes it sound sad, like we're missing out on something. I prefer the term "Unchilded".

You're talking to an atheist...someone who is literally, "without God." (Never mind that I am also "without Santa, the Easter Bunny, or Zeus.") I'm sure I could come up with some creative alternative, to talk my way around using the commonly accepted term. But, I just don't care, and it doesn't matter anyway. So, "atheist" is fine by me.

Language is a social construct. Personal preferences are sort of beside the point.


Well, I don't have herpes or cancer. Does that make me herpesless and cancerless?

And I'm an atheist as well, though I'm not sure how that matters since we're talking about English and not Greek.
 
2013-04-06 02:39:55 AM

fusillade762: Bumblefark: /English has a word for "child free"; it is "childless."

That just makes it sound sad, like we're missing out on something. I prefer the term "Unchilded".


"Unchilded" makes it seem as though you once had a child and it left you for a better household, though. Or like you had one and then traded it in.
 
2013-04-06 02:54:56 AM

Gyrfalcon: fusillade762: Bumblefark: /English has a word for "child free"; it is "childless."

That just makes it sound sad, like we're missing out on something. I prefer the term "Unchilded".

"Unchilded" makes it seem as though you once had a child and it left you for a better household, though. Or like you had one and then traded it in.


That's "Dechilded".

;)
 
2013-04-06 03:23:36 AM

fusillade762: Bumblefark: fusillade762: Bumblefark: /English has a word for "child free"; it is "childless."

That just makes it sound sad, like we're missing out on something. I prefer the term "Unchilded".

You're talking to an atheist...someone who is literally, "without God." (Never mind that I am also "without Santa, the Easter Bunny, or Zeus.") I'm sure I could come up with some creative alternative, to talk my way around using the commonly accepted term. But, I just don't care, and it doesn't matter anyway. So, "atheist" is fine by me.

Language is a social construct. Personal preferences are sort of beside the point.

Well, I don't have herpes or cancer. Does that make me herpesless and cancerless?

And I'm an atheist as well, though I'm not sure how that matters since we're talking about English and not Greek.


Well...no, I don't think the average person would use "cancerless." They'd use, "cancer free." Because cancer is a bad thing, so not having it is a good thing (i.e., "freeness").

See, you're irked because being "childless" sounds like a negative. Of course it does. Most people want to have children, and language reflects that. Welcome to humanity.

But, rather than just respecting a linguistic convention that doesn't happen to square with your own lifestyle choice, you instead opt to throw a verbal hissy fit, and use awkward and moronic phrases like, "unchilded"...which, I assure you, achieves nothing more than making most people want to punch you in the larynx....and not because you don't want kids.

No, they want to see you gag on your own tonsils simply because, due to your insecurities, you are actively choosing to make communication *more* difficult, rather than less, which is sort of the opposite aim most people have when they use language.

/And, really, you didn't get the point with the "atheism" example? Reading comprehension not your strong point?
 
2013-04-06 03:43:46 AM

Bumblefark:  So, "atheist" is fine by me.


Not "godless"?
 
2013-04-06 03:53:52 AM

Dragonflew: Bumblefark:  So, "atheist" is fine by me.

Not "godless"?


Well, the proper phraseology is "fantasy impaired."
 
2013-04-06 04:33:48 AM
i63.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-06 05:45:11 AM

Bumblefark: fusillade762: Bumblefark: fusillade762: Bumblefark: /English has a word for "child free"; it is "childless."

That just makes it sound sad, like we're missing out on something. I prefer the term "Unchilded".

You're talking to an atheist...someone who is literally, "without God." (Never mind that I am also "without Santa, the Easter Bunny, or Zeus.") I'm sure I could come up with some creative alternative, to talk my way around using the commonly accepted term. But, I just don't care, and it doesn't matter anyway. So, "atheist" is fine by me.

Language is a social construct. Personal preferences are sort of beside the point.

Well, I don't have herpes or cancer. Does that make me herpesless and cancerless?

And I'm an atheist as well, though I'm not sure how that matters since we're talking about English and not Greek.

Well...no, I don't think the average person would use "cancerless." They'd use, "cancer free." Because cancer is a bad thing, so not having it is a good thing (i.e., "freeness").

See, you're irked because being "childless" sounds like a negative. Of course it does. Most people want to have children, and language reflects that. Welcome to humanity.

But, rather than just respecting a linguistic convention that doesn't happen to square with your own lifestyle choice, you instead opt to throw a verbal hissy fit, and use awkward and moronic phrases like, "unchilded"...which, I assure you, achieves nothing more than making most people want to punch you in the larynx....and not because you don't want kids.

No, they want to see you gag on your own tonsils simply because, due to your insecurities, you are actively choosing to make communication *more* difficult, rather than less, which is sort of the opposite aim most people have when they use language.

/And, really, you didn't get the point with the "atheism" example? Reading comprehension not your strong point?


So you made me laugh, then had to be a dick about my intelligence.

Reading comprehension not your strong point?

Don't be a dick.
 
2013-04-06 09:57:11 AM

Bumblefark: Well...no, I don't think the average person would use "cancerless." They'd use, "cancer free." Because cancer is a bad thing, so not having it is a good thing (i.e., "freeness").


Guess how we childfree people see having a kid.
 
2013-04-06 10:18:51 AM
You know what I hate? People who are incapable of talking about anything except themselves.  Seems as if  they feel like talking about your kids is a trump card that moves the spotlight off of them.  They can be especially uncomfortable in a room full of parents.  Get over yourselves.  The world doesn't revolve around you.  The world doesn't revolve around my kid either but at least he accomplishes new things every day   If you have an actual first in your life, post that.
 
2013-04-06 10:39:58 AM

machoprogrammer: TehFark: spiderpaz: MrSteve007: This woman has a point. As someone who's in their early 30's, about half of my friends now have toddlers or infants. Hmmmm, lets dig up todays facebook baby photo extravaganza (these are all from different people, some post multiple photos of the same thing)

20 minutes ago:
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40 minutes ago:
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2 hours ago:
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4 hours ago:
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 360x480]

4 1/2 hours ago:
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 480x480]

6 hours ago
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 638x960]

You get the idea. Between the childless people posting pictures of their cats or dogs sitting and looking out windows and people with kids posting child updates every hour, it quickly gets over the top.

I understand posting something about a big occasion, like a birthday, first steps, or they're worried about asking friends for advice on XY or Z - but I've had enough of the doting parents and their the hourly updates on today's walk in a park with Jr.

You are officially Farks biggest asshole for taking your friends photos from facebook where they shared them with YOU (not the entire Internet) and posting them on Fark.

I thought the same thing!

Why? They put the pictures up on facebook. Nothing on Facebook is private.


This.
If anything, MrSteve's post illustrates a valuable point. Once you put pics on facebook (and as he says, the settings were set to public on almost all of them) you're putting your crotch-fruit out there for everyone....

... Which is exactly why the parents shouldn't be putting everything out there on facebook. Besides, does anybody here have any way of personally identifying anyone in the picture? no. So it's really very unlikely that there's any way the post on fark can come back to them. Facebook, OTOH, has all your personal information, and for every pic of your kids (who have no choice in the matter) that you post, there are legions of advertisers and unscrupulous data-miners itching to attach that face to the name of the kid, building a repository of information on his face, height, features, etc. for life.


I can't really see any likely way Mrsteve's post could do any harm to the ppl in the pics, but putting that shiat on fB in the first place? the imagination can run wild.

Mitch Taylor's Bro: onest question: can you hotlink pics from Facebook servers if their permissions are set to "only friends" or "friends of friends"? I was thinking that these must have been set to "public," but I could be wrong.


That is, indeed, a good question. Bump?
 
2013-04-06 10:47:20 AM

Erix: Mikey1969: timujin: I read the linked article, but decided to withhold judgement until I actually checked out her blog.  I mean, funny overcomes a lot of sins.  Problem? She's not funny.  At all.  Even a little bit.

/childless
//vasectomy at 25
///best $5 I ever spent

$5? Did you go see Dr. Nick, or something?

"Hello everybody, I'm Dr. Nick!  Inflammable means flammable, but infertile doesn't mean fertile?  What a country!"


Awesome insurance, $5 co-pay.
 
2013-04-06 11:28:22 AM
I don't get it. How is sharing something about your children any different than anything else one might share on social media? There is absolutely nothing you could ever share on social media that some part of the "audience" (term used very loosely) will care nothing about. This woman is a stupid, smug biatch - but she's super clever, getting the child-free twits to fork over their cash. Good job.
 
2013-04-06 11:35:11 AM

HalfOffOffer: It's so awful that people love their kids and are happy they have kids and want to express their happiness to their friends.  So, so awful.

Please, return to posting your:
- picture of current meal
- workout of the day
- picture of political figure with ironic caption
- creepy picture of you sleeping under covers with your dog
- inspirational quote by Paulo Coelho or Thoreau
- picture of you getting plastered with friends too old to be wearing that
- picture of your Harley or Mustang
- strangely ambiguous 3 word sentence fragment designed to elicit response
- song you are listening to right now
- picture of naked woman from website that posted on your behalf
- a state that doesn't contain an 'E'... (hint: it's not as easy as you think!)
- link to banana slicer
- pinterest that you'll never do
- current reason why you hate Facebook OR how to fix Facebook security settings

But whatever you do... don't show your happiness to be a parent.


I would rather see that than:

- baby
- baby
- baby
- baby
- baby
- baby
- baby
- baby
- baby
- baby
- baby
- baby
- baby
- baby
- baby
 
2013-04-06 11:39:13 AM

HalfOffOffer: It's so awful that people love their kids and are happy they have kids and want to express their happiness to their friends.  So, so awful.

Please, return to posting your:
- picture of current meal
- workout of the day
- picture of political figure with ironic caption
- creepy picture of you sleeping under covers with your dog
- inspirational quote by Paulo Coelho or Thoreau
- picture of you getting plastered with friends too old to be wearing that
- picture of your Harley or Mustang
- strangely ambiguous 3 word sentence fragment designed to elicit response
- song you are listening to right now
- picture of naked woman from website that posted on your behalf
- a state that doesn't contain an 'E'... (hint: it's not as easy as you think!)
- link to banana slicer
- pinterest that you'll never do
- current reason why you hate Facebook OR how to fix Facebook security settings

But whatever you do... don't show your happiness to be a parent.


I am in fact watching my best friend's son grow up through facebook, because they live in WA and I live in NY, and neither of us can afford plane tickets or 2+ weeks driving coast to coast. I love her kid but I've only been face to face with him a couple of times. If she only ever talked about him though, I'd probably hide her feed or at least cut down on the filter.

Of all my friends who have children, I am only annoyed by the ones who can't apparently discuss anything else. I'm fine with occasional mentions, but I'd rather see ANYTHING from your list than a never-ending stream of child photos and child anecdotes. As others here have said, as long as they are still capable of discussing other topics, whatever.
 
2013-04-06 12:04:24 PM

Fragzav: I know someone like that... always complaining about people posting kid pictures, while she can't stop posting pictures of her dog...


Hey now, I haven't posted a picture of fluffykins in at LEAST... two days... I think...
 
2013-04-06 12:10:21 PM

Nexzus: He's my world, but I know the boundaries when talking about him to others.

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/Hint. Most people don't give a shiat about your baby, and get annoyed after the second picture.


I don't know, that is a really cute baby. I could probably stand a third picture in the news feed. :)
 
2013-04-06 12:54:05 PM

noheadphones: spiderpaz: MrSteve007: This woman has a point. As someone who's in their early 30's, about half of my friends now have toddlers or infants. Hmmmm, lets dig up todays facebook baby photo extravaganza (these are all from different people, some post multiple photos of the same thing)

20 minutes ago:
[sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 360x480]

40 minutes ago:
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 343x480]

2 hours ago:
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 480x480]

4 hours ago:
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 360x480]

4 1/2 hours ago:
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 480x480]

6 hours ago
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 638x960]

You get the idea. Between the childless people posting pictures of their cats or dogs sitting and looking out windows and people with kids posting child updates every hour, it quickly gets over the top.

I understand posting something about a big occasion, like a birthday, first steps, or they're worried about asking friends for advice on XY or Z - but I've had enough of the doting parents and their the hourly updates on today's walk in a park with Jr.

You are officially Farks biggest asshole for taking your friends photos from facebook where they shared them with YOU (not the entire Internet) and posting them on Fark.

Agreed.  Scumbag move.


Like they'll mind.
 
2013-04-06 03:57:31 PM

daveinsurgent: I don't get it. How is sharing something about your children any different than anything else one might share on social media? There is absolutely nothing you could ever share on social media that some part of the "audience" (term used very loosely) will care nothing about. This woman is a stupid, smug biatch - but she's super clever, getting the child-free twits to fork over their cash. Good job.


It's not the babies, it's the aerial photos of poopy diapers, green vomit after eating spinach, or Junior's First Poop In The Toilet that we can all do without. Heck, I have 2 infants and I would eat broken glass before I would post photos of their poop/vomit, less my own bloody placenta, on Facebook. That stuff is nasty by any definition. Babies are cute.; their poop filled diapers are not. Not wanting to see the latter doesn't mean you hate the former.
 
2013-04-06 05:01:48 PM

ThighsofGlory: noheadphones: spiderpaz: MrSteve007: This woman has a point. As someone who's in their early 30's, about half of my friends now have toddlers or infants. Hmmmm, lets dig up todays facebook baby photo extravaganza (these are all from different people, some post multiple photos of the same thing)

20 minutes ago:
[sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 360x480]

40 minutes ago:
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 343x480]

2 hours ago:
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 480x480]

4 hours ago:
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 360x480]

4 1/2 hours ago:
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 480x480]

6 hours ago
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 638x960]

You get the idea. Between the childless people posting pictures of their cats or dogs sitting and looking out windows and people with kids posting child updates every hour, it quickly gets over the top.

I understand posting something about a big occasion, like a birthday, first steps, or they're worried about asking friends for advice on XY or Z - but I've had enough of the doting parents and their the hourly updates on today's walk in a park with Jr.

You are officially Farks biggest asshole for taking your friends photos from facebook where they shared them with YOU (not the entire Internet) and posting them on Fark.

Agreed.  Scumbag move.

Like they'll mind.


IF they find out, the next FB update from them will be "OMG! Dakkoda and Baylee have gone viral!  What an amazing gift!  God is good!".

To summarize:  Occasional non-poop pictures are awesome.  Updates about the kids doing something that most people would find funny or cute are great.    Minute by minute updates are frowned upon.  Pictures of something that came out of the child are not appreciated.  The ability to talk about something other than your children, or your role as a parent, is encouraged.

Can we agree that this is a decent basic guideline?
No, because this is Fark.
 
2013-04-06 05:42:13 PM
this woman has a point. i mean, if someone posts stuff on facebook you dont like, that means you have to look at it. over and over again. when you take out your phone at the restaurant, BOOM there it is. when you take your phone out in a movie theater, BAM pics of babies. there is no way that she can possible avoid reading anything at all on facebook, so they should tailor their content to her.
 
2013-04-06 07:49:13 PM

stampylives: this woman has a point. i mean, if someone posts stuff on facebook you dont like, that means you have to look at it. over and over again. when you take out your phone at the restaurant, BOOM there it is. when you take your phone out in a movie theater, BAM pics of babies. there is no way that she can possible avoid reading anything at all on facebook, so they should tailor their content to her.


See it's like this: They like their friends and want to keep up with them, but they don't like their friends posting literally everything their children do.  shiat gets old.  No one finds your child as interesting as you do.  Sure, they could block their childed friends or give up facebook altogether, but that's throwing the bathwater out with the baby.
 
2013-04-07 08:58:50 AM

lewismarktwo: stampylives: this woman has a point. i mean, if someone posts stuff on facebook you dont like, that means you have to look at it. over and over again. when you take out your phone at the restaurant, BOOM there it is. when you take your phone out in a movie theater, BAM pics of babies. there is no way that she can possible avoid reading anything at all on facebook, so they should tailor their content to her.

See it's like this: They like their friends and want to keep up with them, but they don't like their friends posting literally everything their children do.  shiat gets old.  No one finds your child as interesting as you do.  Sure, they could block their childed friends or give up facebook altogether, but that's throwing the bathwater out with the baby.


Exactly.

I like my friend. That doesn't mean I need to hear in excruciating detail every second of the progress of his girlfriend (who he was about to dump before the baby-bomb got dropped) in labor. I don't really need the update every 15 minutes on the condition of her cervix, the status of her foley catheter, how she shat herself while  pushing or details about the episiotomy and how many stitches it took to close and I sure as hell do not need a picture of the placenta.

No, would've been fine with far, far less detail.
 
2013-04-08 05:57:59 PM

spiderpaz: ProfessorOhki: Gyrfalcon: nharrisphoto: I'm a photographer and a proud parent. As my child gets older and wants to start dressing up as his favorite characters from cartoons/movies/comics I intend to take pictures of him as those characters. And I will post them to Facebook AND YOU WILL MOTHERfarkING LIKE IT!

Well, she's got a point in that anyone out there (I don't know any but I can easily imagine there are some) who is posting pictures of their kids' dirty diapers or products of a long night of food poisoning with a proud comment of "See what little Johnny did today!" has gone a little too far. We'll be hearing about Johnny in a few more years, when he rapes, eats and murders half his class, I'll bet. And the bit about the mom who posted a pic of her kid's burns after he fell asleep on the radiator is downright scary.

That said, do post pics of your child being Batman. Those are just priceless.

This. It's not a matter of having to look at kids or what not. It's a matter of living in an age where even though it's extremely easy to share, some folks just haven't been able to develop that filter of, "wait, just because this interests ME, maybe it won't interest even a minority of the people I know." It's a matter of decency in maintaining a reasonable SNR for what you throw at you friends.

What does that have to do with children specifically though?  Doesn't that go for ANYTHING that anyone might be doing in their lives, that might not be as interesting to all their friends?


Late response, but there's nothing different about them. it does go for anything anyone feels like oversharing. Politics, pet photos, photos of food, etc. It just seems that kids have this unique property where every time they do something for the first time (which is pretty much everything for years) it becomes The Most Important Thing To Ever Happen Ever in the parents' eyes.

For example, some people post a picture of a meal once (or more if they're pushing they're luck) a day. That can be annoying, but I have never seen anyone post an entire gallery of their dinner. People don't order soup and then post, "oooh, here's the first bean" "and here's the first carrot, look at that little carrot, isn't it adorable" "OH MY GOD, A PEA!!!"

I mean, imagine if all your same-aged friends, within a short timeframe, became avid fisherman and then posted nothing for the next 18 years besides pictures of every fish you caught. I don't dislike fish, but I'm going to get tired of hearing about yours pretty quick.
 
2013-04-09 02:44:23 AM

ProfessorOhki: Late response, but there's nothing different about them. it does go for anything anyone feels like oversharing. Politics, pet photos, photos of food, etc. It just seems that kids have this unique property where every time they do something for the first time (which is pretty much everything for years) it becomes The Most Important Thing To Ever Happen Ever in the parents' eyes.

For example, some people post a picture of a meal once (or more if they're pushing they're luck) a day. That can be annoying, but I have never seen anyone post an entire gallery of their dinner. People don't order soup and then post, "oooh, here's the first bean" "and here's the first carrot, look at that little carrot, isn't it adorable" "OH MY GOD, A PEA!!!"

I mean, imagine if all your same-aged friends, within a short timeframe, became avid fisherman and then posted nothing for the next 18 years besides pictures of every fish you caught. I don't dislike fish, but I'm going to get tired of hearing about yours pretty quick.


Well put. It's the volume that becomes tiresome.
 
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