Social Media, and its pros and cons as a professional business tool in the media industry, has been a frequent conversation topic amongst my friends lately. Therefore, today’s entry is an as-told-to by a close girlfriend:
In today’s world of Facebook, LinkedIn, twitter, etc. I can hear and chat with old friends, possibly find a job and give my two cents on climate change to the writer of a NY Times article (even if it can only be 140 characters).
Does it make me a better a friend – more in touch with what my friends are doing, where the job market is headed, or a permanent change in my weather forecast – perhaps…
But a moment ago I checked the ‘updates’ page – giving a synopsis of what everyone is up to at the moment. And one update was “2 cm dilated and 90 percent! oh boy!”. While I appreciate her wanting everyone to be a part of what is a truly amazing experience for all parents-to-be, I would think you would be concentrating on bring a new life into this world. I don’t know, maybe I’m an old-fashion stick in the mud, but wouldn’t most doctors and nursing staff want the mom and dad’s head ‘in the game,’ so to speak? And I thought you weren’t allowed to use your mobile devices in hospitals.
Then again I have never been in labor…maybe Facebook updates and communicating with others is relaxing and keeps one’s mind off the pain…maybe.
Yes it’s not my place to tell parents how to raise their children or how they should be brought and/or announced into the world. But I have a feeling there will only be a select few in that crazy room if that day should ever come – and believe me, no one – and I mean no one – is updating my status with text, photo, audio or anyvideo until baby and me are both rested and ready.
I couldn’t agree more…