“Oh, no… My mom just friended me on Facebook.”
We’ve all been there. For me, it happened about a year and a half ago. For some of my friends, it happened a year before that or just a few months ago. But a recent study by eMarketer says this year it’s happening more and more often. eMarketer estimates 23 million US moms are on Facebook this year.
The pending friend request didn’t phase me the way it phased others. My mom and I are weirdly close. She already knew my friends and what I’d been up to. Yes, she even knew I went to bars and enjoyed the occasional margarita or two. Nothing to panic about.
But other people cringed. “What is she doing on there? Is she creeping on my page? Is she going to invite me to Mafia Wars?“ Or, worse: “Is she going to start poking my friends?”
Well, we decided to quit asking rhetorical questions and start asking the sources themselves. My Standing Dog coworkers Chris Reeves, Litany Brown and I called our moms and put them on the spot. But we didn’t stop at Facebook; we went on to ask about Twitter, Linkedin and blogs. Turns out, one of our moms is an avid blog reader and didn’t even know it.
Below are the recorded interviews with my mom (Ginger), Chris’ mom (Terrye) and Litany’s mom (Rebecca).