For one month, I would not be having a mother-daughter bonding with my mom through Yahoo! Messenger or any form of New Social Media. Had it been any other month, it would be a torture. But the reason why I am doing so is because mom is right here, within an arm’s reach as I type this blog post. *claps like a seal and screams “yay!”*
Having my mom abroad made me one of the happiest persons with the presence of new social media. My family witnessed how our way of communication evolved: from landlines, to mobile phones, to e-mail, to online chatting (and a web camera, too!). My mom was actually the one to introduce me to Skype.
A lot of parents, not only mine, are starting to embrace the impact of New Social Media. Two years ago I was freaked out when I saw in my Friendster account that my mom added me as a “friend”. Thankfully though, that didn’t work out, as my mom does not have enough time to modify and add more friends into her account. 😉 Lately, I have also been receiving a lot of friend requests from parents (usually mothers) of my friends, particularly the elders of our church.
So What Does This Imply?
A lot of youngsters like me would absolutely love it if we can rant and act freely, without being watched by our parents (or any other person that can inform our parents, for that matter). Because of that, some are not open to the possibility that their moms will “poke” them on Facebook or asked them to become a neighbor on FarmVille. Another instance is that, because we are easily carried by our emotions, especially those called “hate” and “love”, having your parents as a contact on new social media sites could hinder you from expressing your feelings freely, unless you have a very close relationship with your parents. It is one shameful thing to be scolded by your parents in front of your friends, how much more if it is done online for the entire world to see?
Other youngsters can have another take on this though. They see this as an effort that their parents give in order to become “friends” and know what they can do to establish a deeper relationship with their kids, more than the parent-child relationship and just providing their needs (cheesy, yes, but true). Through these new social media sites, parents also want to know what’s what in their kids’ lives and know the people their children consider as their friends.
Now may I ask, how would you react if your parents “poked” you? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think. 🙂
PS. Just as I was about to publish this post, mom asked me to teach her how to use Facebook. Better get ready, privacy settings 😉
PPS. Nothing ever beats face-to-face communication. I can talk to mom and hug her while doing so. 😀