Back-To-School 2013 // Click (twice) to enlarge
Over the years, and especially since Unbaby.me came along, more parents have tried to limit the number of pictures they post of their kids on Facebook. I’ve had friends post baby pictures with captions like “Last one!” or with disclaimers like “Warning: Huge family vacation album!” that sound almost apologetic. And yet, despite the anxiety some parents now feel about posting “too many” kid pictures online, the one picture no parent feels guilty posting is the First Day Of School Picture (or FDOSP). While the overall number of kid photos being posted on Facebook has probably gone down, the chances of parents posting at least one FDOSP have gone wayyy up.
Personally, I don’t mind back-to-school pictures. I “Like” my friends’ updates, and I enjoy seeing pictures of their kids with their oversized backpacks and cute outfits. But there’s no question you could turn the month of August into a back-to-school pics drinking game. Mondays (like today) are big FDOSP days on Facebook, although any day after August 7th is a day that kids who are in the same school district will appear in your newsfeed, standing on lawns or driveways or next to idling minivans. It’s likely those FDOSPs that inspired Jamie’s status update, even though she’s pregnant right now herself, because what parent with toddler-aged kids or older isn’t talking about back-to-school on Facebook right now?
Still, Jamie’s tongue-in-cheek joke flew over the heads of *15* of her friends, none of whom considered just how little she (or anyone) is interested in such details. Do people care that their friends’ kids started a new school year? Sure, but only as much as anyone cares that a friend got a work promotion or bought a new house. It’s great information, no doubt, and it’s a milestone for parents and children, but not so much so that Jamie’s update should be interpreted as sincere. Only Tiana got the joke. Everyone else needs a lesson in Sarcasm 101. Especially Kimberly.