Newborn glory ... most parents are sharing images of their baby an hour after the birth.
How long did it take for your child to make their debut on social media after their birth?
If you answered ‘around an hour’, you’re in good company: a survey has revealed that two-thirds of newborns now appear online within 60 minutes of their birth – with an average time of 57.9 minutes.
The social media outlet of choice is Facebook, with 77 per cent of parents using it to show off their new family member. Instagram (48 per cent) and Flickr (32 per cent) are also popular choices.
The poll of 2367 parents, by UK site posterista.co.uk, also showed that parents are usually responsible for uploading the photos, with new mums and dads posting the debut shots 62 per cent of the time. Other family members were responsible for 22 per cent of the posts, and friends did the duties 16 per cent of the time.
Sharing photos of your child doesn’t stop after the birth, of course – the majority of polled parents stated that they continued to post pictures at least a few times a month. Most parents (64 per cent) said they share images of their kids at least three times a week, while another 21 per cent said they posted photos at least three times a month.
Only 6 per cent said they never share photos of their children on social media.
Most parents had good reasons for sharing their photos – 56 per cent said it’s a great way to update distant family and friends, and 49 per cent said it’s a way for them to express their love for their kids.
Around one in five parents, however, said that it was a way for them to brag and “better” other parents’ photos.
(Final two images from STFU, Parents)