Social media is no longer a sapling. It has been around long enough now that a generation of kids has grown up as native users, and early adopters are deciding whether to be late adapters and double down on Facebook, saving it in the process, or to let it go the way of MySpace, the slow fade of Tom’s knowing smile.
Just a few weeks ago we discussed the culling of millions of fake Twitter accounts, and now Facebook is doing something similar. It may be coming on the heels of the biggest one-day stock drop in history, but we’re glad to see at least some evidence that Facebook is making its service safer and holding accounts accountable, so that after losing $119.4 billion they can hope to hang onto the other half a trillion in market cap.
The other good news is that, while Facebook works to rebuild trust, it can rely on its side-hustle Instagram to cushion the blow. The fatherhood community on Instagram is sharing their respective stories, photos, videos, and truths. This engagement and integrity keep us hopeful for the future and the directions we will choose.
We’ve been exploring social media’s fate for years, including a specific panel at Dad 2.017 in San Diego. Yet, these new efforts at quality control (to profound, short-term financial detriment) are the strongest evidence yet that social media is at a fork. Amid the confusion and choices we all face, these promises to do better keep us guardedly optimistic that Facebook won’t fork it all up.
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In a recent study, about the same percent of moms and dads screened positive for depression. But since far fewer dads took part, the real concern is the number of dads who are undiagnosed and untreated.
“Nothing went according to plan. But deviating from the plan likely saved their son’s life—and gave the family a story to last a lifetime.”
“Life changes associated with fatherhood–including feeling tired, irritable, and being overwhelmed–might seem normal. Some men may be slow to talk about their feelings. It may be a partner or loved one who recognizes that a father is struggling.”
“It can be hard to speak up for yourself, to stand up for what you believe in, no matter who you are and how old you are.”
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- “The other inaccuracy is that my seven-year-old daughter is too old to be laughing her ass off while she’s jerked back and forth at seventy five cents per thirty-second ride.” – Jeremy Barnes, Be You
- “See, life, fatherhood, whatever-hood, comes down to taking the minutes you have and adjusting as you go.” – Steven at DadTherapy, Spending Your Minutes
- “It’s in that same spirit, when that first caveman dad ripped into his kids and told them that back in his day he had to walk because he didn’t have this fancy thing called a ‘wheel’.” – Shannon Carpenter, The Fatherhood Lecture and Why To Abandon It
- “Saying no to my kids was once a hobby. After this summer, seeing the decisions they’d make without me, I have come to think of saying no to my kids more as a passion.” – Joe Medler, ‘No’ is My Love Language
- “But the world is a big place. How do you teach a child that there is both positive and negative in the comfortable and familiar?” – Kyle Eichenberger, Moving from Only Home Your Kids Have Known Tough on All
LeBron James has had a big week. In addition to launching a new public school in Ohio, and all the philanthropic awesomeness that goes with it, he also chatted about fatherhood with one of the greatest barbershop queues ever assembled. Take a look:
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