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To begin to loathe my 'friends' smug Facebook comments?

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AlmondFrangipani Sat 11-Jan-14 22:45:43

I used to love a good browse on FB, seeing what my friends and family are up to etc. But since having my DS I just loathe it now. It feels like every day I log on and see another smug 'my baby slept for 8.5 hours last night, I'm so refreshed what a wonderful start to the weekend' post.

I've lost all perspective I'm sure but I've had a tough 5 months with my LO. Tough birth, strep B, tongue tie, giving up BF, silent reflux...he's never slept more than 5 hours in a row. I just can't be happy for them. It just feels smug and salt in a wound.

FirstStopCafe Sun 12-Jan-14 16:51:16

Sorry I think YABU. I understand though. My 10 month old ds hasn't slept for more than 4 hours in a row ever so baby sleep related statuses can be a little annoying at times, but I don't view them as boasting really. Just sharing and as it's their fb they can share what they like.

I think hiding posts is the way to go

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 12-Jan-14 15:55:27

I only ever post happy statues. The ones I am proud of my DC people here may think it dull but that is my life. My DC are my world and I am very proud of them. If my friends can't stand seeing me happy that's not my problem.

I don't want to air my problems for all to see.

SoupDragon Sun 12-Jan-14 15:49:23

I've never understood why people have "friends" on Facebook - I only have friends.
I've never understood why people complain about statuses they don't like rather than simply hiding them.
I've definitely never understood why people aren't allowed to post happy stuff for fear of being labelled smug or insensitive.

Bootycall Sun 12-Jan-14 15:45:58

None of my pesky 4 slept through either. grin

johnworf Sun 12-Jan-14 14:28:59

I'm with the people who simply 'defriend' and move on. If someone is making you feel inadequate or fed up then get rid. I had a similar thing on Twitter and had to have a cull. I'm sure half of what they say is made up though.

FWIW I've never had a baby that slept through the night and I've had 4 of the pesky blighters. It is a phase though and they do eventually go through the night. smile

Hissy Sun 12-Jan-14 14:21:13


But just wait till their little angels start school.


Damnautocorrect Sun 12-Jan-14 14:12:04

I have regular Facebook breaks for this reason, it's not healthy. People only share what snap shots they want you to see. They don't share the crap. Take it with a pinch of salt

Bootycall Sun 12-Jan-14 14:10:47

Sleep deprivation is a recognised form of torture so that's why it's winding you up op.

Personally I love Facebook, it helps me keep
Up with family and friends and I can see what my grown up kids and my teens are up to.

Some posts are smug I suppose but hey we all like blowing our own trumpets don't we?

Not to be taken seriously

Electryone Sun 12-Jan-14 14:02:34

Milly I enjoy FB like I enjoy lots of other things - where did I say I love it. Saying you were talking to the OP - you do realise other people can see and comment on your posts hmm, including your claim that "none" of FB is I said FB is only as good as the people you have on it, of which - guess what - you have a choice! grin

Summerblaze Sun 12-Jan-14 09:28:37

I am on Facebook as I had a friend who went overseas and have family in other parts of England who I don't see often. This is the reason I am still on it. The only things I post are pics of the kids so that my long distance friends can see them. I never post a status. Not sure why anyone would want to know about my life tbh.

My DF used to post all the time about stuff like "hubby has just cooked dinner and run me a bath, thanks hunny" complete with pics of the meal and the bath with candles round. She used to moan to me all the time about how lazy he was and didn't help with the dc, however, none of this was posted on Facebook. She left him a year ago due to him being EA and had a alcohol addiction. People only put the good stuff on.

I really want to come off it but would miss out on hearing from people who live away but if I defriend all but them, I would upset a lot of people.

ShirtySocks Sun 12-Jan-14 08:58:06

I had a friend of a friend who was on my facebook feed. I got so fed up of her smugfest, how wonderful her children/family/parenting was I just quietly deleted her. My facebook is a happier place.

Oh and I have a friend who is going through a really rough time at the moment. She only posts occasionally and her posts always show happy smiling faces (slightly different as no smugness at all) but she doesn't mention how hard things are. She only posts snapshots of when they are having fun. I bet, similarly, the friends whose babies slept through the night have failed to mention the daytime of barely napping grizzly babies!

AlmondFrangipani Sun 12-Jan-14 08:51:05

Thanks for all the messages! I know sleep deprivation is playing a massive part in how I feel about these posts. Normally I would be happy for them but my rational brain has left the building!

I think I'm going to hide their posts for awhile...

lade Sun 12-Jan-14 03:16:07

I know what you mean, tryharder. I only have genuine friends / people I like on my Facebook, so when I see posts that X's child has started sleeping through the night, or has won that award at school etc, I am genuinely pleased for them.

I do have friends / family from across the country who I don't always see, so I like to see posts about their children, and how they are getting on.

However, maybe it is down to the friends as well. Most of mine are quite honest, they put up the proud stuff, but also the "oh my God, my child is doing my head in, will they ever shut up" posts. I have to say, I like those; they make me feel better when DD has been a madam.

As for me, I put up posts I think people will find interesting. If my children achieve something, then yes I might put a post (although I would never congratulate them, they haven't got Facebook, so that would be naff), but I am equally happy to vent if they've done something to annoy me (usually it's the second day of the holidays and I'm asking when I can take them back to school as they've just spent the past two days fighting smile) , but mostly I put up posts I think people will find funny. If my kids say / do anything funny or anything else, I put those up. Most of my friends are the same. Share the highs, the lows and laugh at the good stuff!

Tryharder Sun 12-Jan-14 01:43:44

I get that people boast on Facebook or big their lives up and I also get that this is mildly annoying if your own life isn't going as well.

But I am somewhat astonished by those of you who console themselves by thinking their friends' lives are actually shit or block statuses because you are so envious.

Does it matter if a baby does or doesn't sleep well? And if people want to post pictures of food they've cooked etc, does it really hurt? I have a friend who married a wealthy man, has a fab life in a hot country and posts somewhat smugly about how great it all is. I'm just happy for her as I know what crap she put up with with her first husband.

Bitterness and jealousy are horrible traits. We should be happy for our friends rather than trying to belittle them or prove our own lives are better.

Kafri Sun 12-Jan-14 01:33:32

A fb friend of mine recently posted a pic of her dd's 'cooking'. She's 11 and had made a fruit salad in school. Friend was 'so proud of dd, well done'. I just thought that there's summat wrong if an 11 year old can't chop up a few bits of fruit!!

Anyway, DS had reflux and was a bloody awful sleeper. He's just now started having nights where he sleeps through (DH is actually feeding him now). I have friends posting on fb about babies at just weeks old who are 'doing so well settling after feeds' etc. I just think of all the phases they have to come. Everything with a baby is a phase - the good and the bad. Phases end and new ones start. Every parent out there will have their struggles with something so take what you read with a pinch of salt.

traininthedistance Sun 12-Jan-14 01:27:29

YANBU OP, recently an old school friend of mine posted an update about how wonderful and blessed she felt after an amazing, quick natural birth (with a photo of her holding the baby in hospital, quite honestly looking like she was having a day out at the beach). I could have cried, thinking about my agonising, mismanaged, traumatic induced labour which ended in a violent emergency forceps delivery after which I went into shock and couldn't look at DD properly for hours (who was thankfully fine though I thought during the last bit that she might not be) - the hospital even arranged for PTSD counselling at the request of the attending consultant. I think I'm OK about it most of the time, but for some reason it's the Facebook wonderful birth posts that get me every time sad

mindgone Sun 12-Jan-14 01:17:33

Wait until the kids go to school! SO many more congratulatory messages, to their children, who live in the same house, and they could just TALK to them! And awards for just about everything, that the whole world needs to know about! I just don't get it. I tell my children when I'm proud, in person. And I don't feel the need to tell everyone else what I'm feeling all the time, where i am, what I'm eating etc. I think it all boils down to insecurity and neediness. Pity them, you might feel better! grin

TheWomanTheyCallJayne Sun 12-Jan-14 01:08:44

Or maybe they're rejoicing in the fact that they've finally had a full nights sleep and it's the best thing that's happened in ages.
Get off facebook or de friend them if you can't be happy for them.

You're sleep deprived at the moment. If your dc suddenly slept through wouldn't you want to sing it from the rooftops.

I don't get the people who whinge about facebook. The people you add on there are called friends for a reason. If you can't be happy for them when it calls for it then perhaps you need to rethink whether they really are your friend.

tiredoldmum Sun 12-Jan-14 01:08:42

Most of the people on my facebook constantly moan about how bad their lives are, how broke they are, how much they hate their jobs. That gets annoying so I put them on ignore for awhile.

I think most people are just sharing their lives when they post on fb and post photos. If someone gets a new house or car they are posting photos up. I am not annoyed or unhappy for them.

So all of you who are annoyed never post up happy photos or posts about anything you have or what you do ever? What kind of posts do you make?

I think the funniest ones are those who complain about other people photos and posts and then a month later they have up photos of their new tv or whatever.

MillyRules Sun 12-Jan-14 00:58:34

Was talking to the OP who felt inadequate by the smug posts by her friends on facebook but very glad for you Electryone that you love facebook. Good for you.

Electryone Sun 12-Jan-14 00:53:46

Speak for yourself Milly, the people on my facebook and what they say are very much real, it must just have been the people you know.

MillyRules Sun 12-Jan-14 00:45:27

I call it "Fakebook" and I stopped using it over a year ago now. Best thing I ever did. Takes a couple of weeks to let go but eventually you realise that non of its real.

Lucylouby Sun 12-Jan-14 00:24:03

newyearhere. Sorry, I worded that badly. I meant that none of the examples I gave were an accurate representation of the persons life. They come across as having a perfect life, but actually when you speak to them on a one to one conversation, it's not so rosy after all.
I didn't know it had a name though, social media image crafting. It should have a name, it's very common.

SomethingkindaOod Sun 12-Jan-14 00:20:37

Follow STFU Parents on FB. Feel instantly better grin
I hide at least one really lovely friend who at the moment is into BLW in a big way as well as exclusive breast feeding. Absolutely nothing wrong with either but at the moment it is non stop hourly self congratulatory posts complete with picture evidence. So I've hidden her for a while.

MerylStrop Sun 12-Jan-14 00:11:14

Its a recognised Thing now

Social Media Image Crafting - a bit like lying on your embellishing your cv

I think it depends on whether one's friends are smug and insensitive, to a degree. But also there is probably a lot of believe it and it shall be so going around. Do not hesitate to hide offenders posts/sign off altogether

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