There are many reasons why you shouldn’t add close family members on Facebook, but many people still go ahead and do it without considering the consequences, and find that they regret it later. While it’s true that if a parent or grandparent adds you first, they may be a little hurt if you refuse them, it’ll be less painful than you blocking and deleting them later on and could save a lot of hassle. Here are the reasons why you shouldn’t add close family members on Facebook.
Yes, top of the list of why you shouldn’t add close family members on Facebook is the same reason you’re hesitant about introducing them to a new boyfriend or taking them to certain places. But it’s not them showing photos of your having your nappy changed to one person you’ll have to worry about, but to hundreds!
2. They’ll Know Everything
You don’t necessarily want your mother to know exactly everything you might get up to on a girls’ night out when you’ve had a few too many glasses of wine. This is definitely a very good reason not to add relatives on Facebook, although you’ve got nothing to worry about if you never do or say anything that your family wouldn’t approve of.
3. They’ll Share Everything Too
If you think your mom seeing that photo of you falling over with your panties showing is bad, wait until the whole family has seen it. Or even worse, you become the center of a piece of gossip that someone’s learned on Facebook and after a bit of Chinese Whispers, everyone’s talking about something terrible that’s barely got a shred of truth in it.
4. Too Much Information
Are anyone else’s grandparents way too willing to share detailed information about their bowel movements, ingrown toenails or even their sex lives? If you add them on Facebook, you could get a continuous stream of information just like that.
5. Friends with Your Friends
If you’ve got family members, especially parents, on Facebook, you could soon find that all of your friends have added them and they’ve accepted. Some people may be fine with that, but others may feel a bit awkward about their friends and their parents chatting online.
6. Coming to Your Defense
If you ever have a bit of a row (or even a silly play fight online that someone not ‘in’ on it could confuse for a row) you could find granny wading in to defend you. You really don’t need family getting involved online as if they’re protecting you from bullies in the playground.
7. Can You Show Me How to…?
If your relatives, especially the older ones, aren’t as tech-savvy as you, you may find yourself being inundated with questions about how to upload pictures, tag, write on walls, share posts, and plenty of other things too. You don’t want to be giving Facebook lessons when all you wanted was to pop in for a cup of tea.
Has anyone had any bad experiences from adding family members on Facebook? Or perhaps you completely disagree, and really like keeping in touch with your family on Facebook? At the end of the day, there are advantages to having relatives on Facebook too, so you just have to weigh up the pros and cons and decide what is best for you.