Yeah. So a few years ago, when my dad got Facebook, he sent me a friend request. Which I declined. Because I didn’t want him seeing all my stuff. I felt it was unnecessary. This year, my mom decided to get Facebook. She pretty much just wanted it so she could enter a contest, so she barely ever uses it. Soon after getting it, I received a friend request from her as well. Which I had to decline also. I’m not going to accept one parent and not the other. That just wouldn’t be fair. It’s either all or nothing.
Last week, I received a notification on Facebook that my dad was following me. My immediate thought was “Oh shit!”. And then I looked at my list of followers and realized my mom was following me on Facebook as well. Crap. The only reason I got notified about my dad is because we have one mutual friend. At first I cursed the fact that we had one mutual friend, because I think that’s how he found my profile a couple years ago. But now I’m grateful, because if it weren’t for that friend, I wouldn’t have even been notified about the fact that he is currently following me.
I haven’t talked to them about it at all. But I did immediately update my Facebook status to “My parents are following me on Facebook. This is the beginning of the end.” Which I’m sure they would have read, since my posts should now be showing up in their news feed since they’re following me. I’m not sure how often they check it. I think my dad probably checks it more often than my mom. I think he uses it to check up on me. Maybe it’s a sign that he’s worried about me? Because I’ve been going out so much lately?
Whatever the case, I haven’t yet decided what to do about it. I can a) Do nothing and let them keep following me, b) Block them (Except I’m not actually sure how to block people from following you on Facebook. Is there an option for that somewhere?), c) Admit defeat and just add them as friends, or d) Add them as friends but with a limited profile (which I think is stupid, you may as well not add a person if you’re not going to let them see anything).
I’ve asked people if they think I should just add them as friends and most of them have told me no. But I mean I feel like I’m at a point where it wouldn’t be such a bad thing if I did. I never post anything THAT bad. I don’t think I’ve posted anything that bad recently while they’ve been following me anyway. Although yesterday I may have posted about how I missed out on winning gay porn at Celebrities bingo. But what’s wrong with that? It’s not like I asked for that to be one of the prizes. So it’s fine. Probably the worst thing actually, is the fact that my profile picture right now is of me strewn across the laps of male strippers. I’m guessing that’s probably not a photo you want to see of your daughter. Oh well.
I’m wondering if I do add them as friends, would I end up having to censor myself? I mean, more so than I already do. And if I did, would that be so bad? I remember someone once told me that a good rule of thumb is to not post anything on Facebook that you wouldn’t want your grandma to see. But my grandma would probably let more things slide than my parents. Speaking of which, I just found out my grandma also has Facebook, but I’m pretty sure she never uses it and isn’t sure how it all works. I have not added her either, because I generally don’t add family on Facebook. But I’m considering it.
I was thinking maybe this year, I should just give my parents my friendship on Facebook as a Mother’s Day and Father’s Day present. That’s probably worth more to them than whatever I might buy them, right?
What do you think? Would you add your parents on Facebook, or am I crazy for considering it?