I often wonder what motherhood was like before the Internet and social media because God knows that it’s come in quite handy now that I’m a mom. It’s entertained me during late-night feeding sessions, kept me connected to the world when I was a hermit the first few months postpartum and allowed me to connect with new mom friends.
I just can’t fathom what motherhood would be like before social media. Obviously, it was done, but I’m not sure I would have liked it. Although it has its downfalls, it’s become one of my main sources to ask questions on what the hell to do about random things that come up in motherhood. It’s also provided a feeling of connection with other mommy friends who have gone through, or are going through, the same motherhood experiences.
It’s so easy to type in questions and concerns on Facebook and wait a couple of seconds for responses to come flooding in. Thats so much more convenient than having to go to a book or even calling up my mom (although, a phone call to mom still happens the majority of the time). Then there’s Twitter where you can easily tweet questions to a variety of companies who specialize in all-things baby. I know I’ve asked tons of breastfeeding Qs to breastfeeding specialists on Twitter and even participated in numerous open forums when Lansinoh had their experts taking Facebook questions. Plus, it’s interesting to read all the different answers from friends and family and then try each one out to see what works best.
I’ve been using social media to figure this mom thing as soon as I found out I was pregnant. The very next day after seeing the two pink lines on that pregnancy test, I was on Facebook “liking” all these baby sites and parenting magazines. I devoured all the articles that clogged my feed (and still do) until my eyes and brain couldn’t take any more. I wonder if I would have attacked baby books with the same tenacity if I had Mason before social media? (But being the bookworm I am, I probably would have.)
It’s just so cool to live in an age where you have all this information at your disposal and can share knowledge and experience with other moms from your computer or smartphone. Yeah, there are downsides to it all, but really, a Facebook question about the color of your baby’s poop that prompts 10+ responses from FB friends beats having to finding it in a book, calling your doctor and impatiently waiting 20 minutes or more for him to call you back or having your mom ask you 101 questions before actually giving you an answer. Not that I don’t call the doctor when I’m at a loss of what to do with certain symptoms, but I usually save that as a last resort or in an emergency. But if I called Mason’s pediatrician for every question I had, I’d be bugging the hell out of him, day and night. But thanks to my many mommy friends on social media, I don’t have to fill up his inbox with a thousand and one questions…that’s what my Facebook feed is for!
So there you have it, my two cents on how social media has positively impacted motherhood!