Editor’s note: I had my daughter read this before posting, and her response was, “Meh, whatever.” I take that as permission to heartlessly exploit her.
My daughter is staying with me while she’s looking for a new job – one that pays well enough so she doesn’t have to live in a tent with a steady diet of road kill and pop tarts (strawberry – unfrosted). She doesn’t have enough money to go out and party, so this means we’re together A LOT! Desperate for a pastime that doesn’t include helping her mother fold laundry, clip coupons, or pluck nose hairs, she finally considered social networking.
This has been a taboo subject for us in the past. I don’t ask about her fashion choices, her political leanings, or her favorite sexual position. (Sometimes she tells me anyway. TMI) But as a good mother, I’ve never pressured her into any social experience that carries the danger of making me a grandmother, or even a virtual grandmother. People: please post responsibly – use protection.
She has treated Facebook with the same contempt that she would show to season 10 of America’s Next Top Model. (Tanisha was a real brat!) I would tend to agree (with her assessment of Tanisha – not Facebook).
Prospective employers are not supposed to research job applicants on Facebook, but sometimes they still do. Since Bekki wants to look like a hot commodity on the job market, she bit the bullet and asked me to help her sign up. There is nothing quite as pathetic as looking at that profile page and seeing “You have no friends.” This does not say “hot commodity” to employers looking for a real people person.
We’ve all been social networking virgins at one time or another, but my daughter leapt onto it like a lion on a wildebeest. For the last 12 hours, she has been friending, posting, commenting, and liking till her eyes are bleeding. She came up for air long enough to ask, “Mommy, am I still unpopular?” Give it time, dear. Give it time.
If you’d like to see some REALLY funny pics, and spread some love and likes so she doesn’t look like a total dweeb to employers, please feel free to check out her site at: facebook.com/rebecca.gibson You’ll be doing her a favor, and I might be getting my guest room back.