“What is wrong with Facebook?” people all over the internet were asking. Nobody seemed to know what was wrong except that for part of yesterday and today, Facebook was having login problems.
There were “DNS failure” messages, but not much of an explanation.
Facebook, along with Twitter and blogging, has changed what it means to be a parent. Once upon a time, when moms wanted to get together to talk about breastfeeding, baby food, diapers and sleep problems, they got together over coffee.
If you lived in the suburbs or in a rural community, you parented in seclusion without much of a sense of what other parents were doing.
Now we all parent in the internet community where we get to know the intimate details of “mommy blogger’s” families as well as little bits of parenting insight via Twitter. We share thoughts about our day — and pictures of our kids — on Facebook. We gripe; we moan; we compare ourselves to other moms and inevitably, judge.
On the upside, we’re able to share information, but on the downside, the onslaught of information can be overwhelming and can distract us from life off-line. For lonely, new mothers, Facebook can be a lifesaver, but today, I admit, I was happy to be Facebook-free.
What about you? With Facebook down, did you spend some quality time with your kids? Let’s hope they have more outages!
photo: flickr/Dan Harrelson