Family 411: Reactions to Facebook posts could be a red flag
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) - Many new moms showcase their pride and joy on social media. Everything from baby bumps to first steps end up on Facebook but there are some red flags.
It's safe to say Steffany Puckett is enamored with her first born, Greyson. “I did the big reveal on Facebook and everything because you have to make it Facebook official,” she said.
She's been sharing her big life moment and everything in between with family and friends. "Probably every other day you're just 'look at what he did today',” Puckett said.
Human Sciences Professor Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan studied new moms and their Facebook habits.
She says moms who feel pressured to be perfect are more inclined to post, "So they really wanted positive feedback that they were doing a good job as a mom,” Schoppe-Sullivan said.
She says the same moms are more sensitive to the number of comments and likes. “The mothers who were perfectionistic and sought validation and spent more time on Facebook. They experienced an elevation in their depression symptoms over the first time months of parenthood,” Schoppe-Sullivan said.
Puckett remembers when "likes" first poured in for Greyson. "When I get all of these likes, it's like oh wow people think he's cute too I’m glad,” she said.
Schoppe-Sullivan says those not constantly looking for responses shouldn't have anything to worry about. A red flag should go up though, if moms start to feel worse. “Feeling like I’m coming up short in comparison to other mothers then maybe it would be better to take a break from Facebook," Puckett said.
Greyson is now walking and reactions online have tapered. “It's nice but I don't care if I’m not getting the amount of likes that I used to,” Puckett said.
Greyson may not understand now but as he grows, so will mom's eagerness to share. “I’m going to show him everything, like look how cute you were,” Puckett said.
Schoppe-Sullivan recommends new moms start an email group with family to share pictures, or meet in person or through Skype.