Most babies aren't born with the Internet reflex, yet 92 percent of US toddlers have a presence online by the time they're 2. From having their photos posted to their own email addresses and social networking profiles, it's web-savvy parents who decide to send their tots off into cyberspace. This practice is in stark contrast to the moms and pops who don't know how to use a mouse — much less monitor what their offspring are doing online. But all things considered, which situation is more alarming?
An expectant woman may eat for two, but does she also get to count the impending babe as a passenger toward carpool? We were curious what moms thought so we asked our Facebook fans to share their memories. Here's what they had to say:
- "No." — Erik M.
- "Hahaha! Yes! LMAO I don't really have a good argument other than who wants to be the one to piss off a preggo by others moronic driving? I don't...and I AM pregnant! Haha. This made me LOL, Thanks Lil Sugar!" — Holly D.
- "Yes, we need to get wherever we're going quickly because chances are, we need to pee!" — Audrey O.
- "Lol... Probably not!"— Stephanie M.
- "Too funny!" — Julie B.
- "Not unless we're in labor." — Dana K.
- "I always said yes." — Julie S.
- "Didn't the government say a fetus counts as a life? That means hello, carpool lane!" — Karla M.
- "Absolutely! And I think they should have special parking spaces for them in parking lots. Some grocery stores have reserved spaces for people with infants. It should include those 'expecting'. Useful in the last trimester." — Tina C.
Having kids and a career is a juggle and a struggle for moms who try and split their time and attention between the two. When a woman dies is she remembered more for having had a career or children? We asked our Facebook fans and Twitter followers. Here's what they had to say.
- "That depends on the person! We won't remember most celebrities for their motherhood when they die." — Darlene C.
- "I would say both." — @faziladini
- "She is remembered for being a good role model. Works either way." — Janet M.
- "I will always remember the sweetness in my wife's eyes and what we were to one another before children, before careers." — Corey Wing
- "Depends on who is doing the remembering." — @TxTerriSweeps
- "Mother." — @urmariposa
- "It depends on who is remembering and where that person fit into her life. I remember my mom as a mother. She worked too, but she'll always be mom even though she's gone. For her co-workers, I'm guessing they remember her more for her career and what she was like to work with. Either way, she was a wonderful woman to everyone." — Karla D.
- "Maybe celebrities are known for their contribution, but the rest of us for mothering. Good or bad (grimace)." — Pam B.
- "I remember a great woman in my life-my Grandmother-for having done both-she had six children and worked by herself to raise them...it's strength that is remembered while playing either role." — Pilar M.
Moms love to chat! And with the popularity of Twitter, there is a constant opportunity for women to talk about their families and whatever else the mamas have on their minds. Celebrities have turned to the social media phenomenon to share their memorable moments and accomplishments much to the delight of their fans. We've rounded up some of our favorite twittering moms and want to know who makes your must-follow list?
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A mother's milk has numerous benefits for her baby, but is that also true for any woman's breast milk? Mothers are buying and selling the liquid gold on the Internet for various reasons. We asked our Facebook fans and Twitter followers if the FDA should stop this practice. Here's what they had to say.
- "Maybe just put a regulation on what should be done first. As long as it comes from the boob it is usually fine, but when it is put into something else and out for a while it is not always ideal. Milk Banks are here to help. We should really be supporting their efforts." — Christy H.
- "Yes. Who in their right mind would buy/take it from a stranger?" — Darlene C.
- "Eww! I didn't know this was happening. There's a reason why you don't buy a used pump even if it's thoroughly cleaned. It's a bodily fluid. You don't share that." — Luz S.
- "Ummm...definitely, HIV can be transmitted through breast milk. I'm all for donating breast milk to preemies and babies whose mothers can't bf but it needs to be regulated." — Amanda K.
- "It should be regulated." — Keisha W.
- "Should it stop it from happening. Heck no! Should it put some rules in place... sure but its not really going to stop Sally from going to her neighbor and giving her milk. Parents need to be careful themselves about what they feed their kids. Eats on Feets has continually been brought up in discussions and it really ticks me off. People have Eats on Feets completely wrong. Eats on Feets is in place to help parents feed their children the best way they can. It is known that breast is best. That is a fact that can not be disputed. Eats on Feets recommends that recipients have their donors tested. I'm sure that most donors are asked to be tested... I was. And yes, milk is a bodily fluid but given the choice, I'd rather my child have human milk (or bodily fluid) than that from another animal." — Katie M.
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In this social networking world we live in, the pain and awkwardness of breaking up is no longer just shared between your closest confidantes, it's shared with your hundreds of Facebook friends or, depending on your privacy settings, 500 million-plus Facebook users as soon as you change your relationship status from "in a relationship" (or worse, "engaged") to "single."
But thanks to all this easily accessible information, we have studies and infographics like this one from David McCandless, who with his team pulled data from more than 10,000 status updates to find out what time of year couples are most likely to break up. According to this data, breakups are on the rise right now up until two weeks before Christmas, when I guess people are too busy getting into the holiday spirit (or maybe flights have already been booked and gifts bought?) to break up. Then promptly after Christmas, the day with the least amount of breakups, comes the steady uptick to the Spring break(up) peak.
This info seems pretty accurate to me, but I know a lot of people whose breakups aren't immediately made public on Facebook, and/or they've disguised the change by deleting their account altogether or hiding their relationship status. I wonder if this study took those loopholes into account?
What do you think? In your experience, does this data seem accurate?
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The Wall Street Journal recently broke news of a company called RapLeaf that was profiting off the Facebook info provided unknowingly by the users of the apps it produces. Some people may feel violated, but others might think it's not that big of a deal. I'm wondering if a firm came up to you and offered you a price for your identity (this includes information about your Facebook ID, email, access to whatever you put up on your social networking profiles) would you sell it? If so, how much would you sell it for?