PARENTS

Tipsy Selfies Or Besotted Baby Updates? Who's Most Boring On Facebook?

14/08/2014 16:58 | Updated 20 May 2015

Mother using laptop while baby plays

Parents get a bad rap when it comes to social media. The rest of the world seems to think we're all glued to our computers, obsessively posting pictures of our little darlings, moaning about how little sleep we've had and giving graphic, blow-by-blow accounts of our joyous bundles' bowel movements.

In fact, these parental updates are causing so much stress to some people, as many as 200,000 have signed up to an app that promises to remove all baby-related updates from their news feeds.

UnBaby.me uses technology that scans a Facebook user's newsfeed for baby-related posts and phrases – including 'just learned to walk' 'eating solid foods' and 'look at those cheeks' and replaces them with 'things you'd rather see' like pictures of cats or Harry Styles.

But are parents really any more prolific with their baby pictures than non-parents and their Saturday-night-out selfies?

Not according to a study published this month, which revealed mothers post on Facebook much less often after they have a baby, and a good portion of what they do post has nothing to do with their children.

Study author, Meredith Ringel Morris, a mother of two, suggests one reason it might seem like your Facebook news feed reads like a parenting website, is that the popularity of baby posts pushes them up the Facebook rankings.

She told Slate.com: 'As an educated guess, the more likes and comments a post gathers, the higher probability there is that that post will appear in other people's newsfeeds.'

We say if non-parents are allowed to flaunt what they get up at trendy cocktail bars and swanky restaurants or on the top of ski slopes, why shouldn't we tell them what we've been doing at, um, Stay & Play?

However, if you don't want to lose your Facebook friends and alienate people who don't have a child, we suggest you introduce a few caveats:

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