In July, I decided to deactivate my Facebook account. There were a lot of reasons why I was done with Facebook: the algorithms, the negativity, the useless information, the humble brags, the pressure to share and overshare. As a new mom, the decision had more to do with the birth of my son than anything else.
We live in a society where we feel like we need to share every detail of our personal lives. When my son was born, I knew that I wanted to limit his presence on social media. The reason I feel strongly about this is because I believe that he should control his social media presence; this is an issue of privacy and it is not my decision to make for him.
Making decisions as a parent is hard and you always want to put your child’s best interest first but sometimes others don’t see that. When I shared my feelings with Matt, he ultimately agreed with me but our decision to not post photos of Matteo on Facebook was not easy for everyone to understand.
When we were children, our memories and photos were in albums or frames that were in the possession of our parents. If someone wanted to see those photos, your parents pulled out an album and shared them. …