• Facebook “Expecting a Child” Feature Raises Eyebrows

    Facebook’s “expecting a child” announcement feature draws criticism for its being impersonal, casual, weird and creepy in nature.
  • baby bumpFacebook upgrades its sharing options for users with the latest addition, the “expecting a child” announcement feature. Users can add this information to their profiles. Aside from this, other features have also allowed users to add family members to their profile pages, in effect since December 2010.

    Users can include information like the baby’s due date and name, and published to the news feed.

    Ever since its debut on Facebook, it has raised many eyebrows and generated much skepticism for its being invasive in terms of encroaching upon the more traditional and “sacred” manner of announcing the news of having a baby.

    Says Scott Campbell, a professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan, 'The feature makes it a very clinical way to share what some consider very sacred information.” He also said that it has turned announcing the news of expecting a child into something as casual as updating one’s job information or hobbies.

    Other criticisms express their sentiment that such a move by Facebook is one spurred by advertising potential, and that acquaintances may get to know of the news even before close friends and family.

    Campbell adds, “Couples or individuals will likely have similar concerns when announcing they are expecting a child as they have in the past," Campbell said. "Many will probably still wait three months until it's traditionally safer to tell people about the news."

    "Since Facebook is always changing its privacy information, some may not realize that their settings aren't protected and that their personal data could be sold as a commodity. That's just one more thing to think about before updating a profile with sensitive information."

    Would you announce that you’re having a baby via this Facebook feature? We’d love to know. Leave a comment below.


    Sources:
    •    July 27, 2011. Jason O. Gilbert. “Now Facebook Users Can Add ‘Expected: Child’ To Their Profiles” hufftingtonpost.com
    •    August 2, 2011. Daily Mail Reporter. “Facebook update that announces you are having a baby criticised for being ‘creepy’ and ‘weird’” dailymail.co.uk
    •    August 1, 2011. Samantha Murphy. “Facebook: ‘Expected: Child’ Feature Reaps Big Criticism” technewsdaily.com


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