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Social media memories

In an article about posting photos of a child on social media:

There, for anyone to see on her [my mother’s] public Facebook account, were all of the embarrassing moments from my childhood: The letter I wrote to the tooth fairy when I was five years old, pictures of me crying when I was a toddler, and even vacation pictures of me when I was 12 and 13 that I had no knowledge of. It seemed that my entire life was documented on her Facebook account, and for 13 years, I had no idea.

For those who are parents: observe how your child behaves when you say something cute or funny they’ve done in the past in front of them while you talk to somebody else. How they blush, how they hide their face by pushing it in your clothes. They want to disappear in that moment.

I don’t know why it’s so embarrassing.

Imagine how devastating for a child to find out that all of these moments were shared with anyone and everyone, for as long as they live.

On the bright side, there’s so much information inflow nowadays that no one will really remember any of the photos or videos they’ve seen. But those few who remember can cause some serious emotional damage.

Social media is one of these systems that weren’t thought through well enough. Regulation won’t fix it. We need better intentions.

Last edited on Sep 21, 2019