Facebook rolled out a new feature which allows you to share your pregnancy with your Friends, reports the Daily Mail. You could previously add family members to your profile, but now you can also indicate your not-yet-born relations too, with the "Expected: Child" option. Over the years, Facebook has added more opportunities for personalization, like their recent addition of domestic partnerships and civil unions to the relationship status options. People appreciate this type of increased inclusion--the more options, the better, right? Maybe not.
The first odd thing about the newest addition is the way Facebook decided to label the pregnancy: "Expected: Child." As if you could expect some other family member. Like, Expected: Camaro, or Expected: Diamond earrings. The construction makes it seem more like a UPS delivery notice, than a new human. Didn't Facebook foresee the endless mocking possibilities?
Beyond the funny labeling, making a life changing announcement via Facebook sucks the emotion right out of it, argues The Stir's Maressa Brown, "Isn't it just a bit anti-climatic to have your besties or your mother-in-law find out while scrolling through their News Feed, and the only reaction you get from them is a "Like"?" Of course, Facebook isn't new to pregnancy announcements--women could update their status with the news, but just clicking a button makes it seem even more removed and robotic than a status update. "If I've got to learn about a friend's pregnancy via Facebook, I'd rather see that Rachel Beth So-and-So posted an actual status update that says something along the lines of, "DH and I are expecting!! Due date: 12-4-11 <3" or "30 weeks along now!" than see that she added "Expected: Child" to her profile," writes Brown.