Your mom is on Facebook. Her friends are on Facebook. This Sunday (May 12) — Mother's Day — is not the day to forget your mom on Facebook.
Only 13 percent of respondents in a Facebook Mother's Day survey of 1,200 users released today (May 7) plan to wish their mom a happy Mother's Day on Facebook. The survey allowed people to choose multiple answers. In addition to the small percentage of people who included Facebook in their plans, 66 percent said they will visit their mother, 34 percent will make a call or send a text, 6 percent sent a card and 2 percent will send an email.
What kids don't seem to understand is that spending time with mom and calling her don't replace a Facebook shout-out.
As a mother, I can tell you that mothers like to see messages from our kids on Facebook — and we know all our friends will see it, too. While kids may be dropping Facebook, moms are still joining. In fact, the percentage of U.S. moms on Facebook grew from 50 percent in 2010 to 72 percent in 2012. [See also: Yes, You've Chased Your Kids Off Facebook — Here's Where They Went ]
There is a bit of good news included in Facebook's report directed at mothers with 13-year-old kids. Among teenagers, this age is the most likely to friend their moms on Facebook — more than 65 percent of friendships between 13-year-olds and their moms are initiated by the child. Overall, 32 percent of teens are connected with their moms on Facebook.
4 Ways to say Happy Mother's Day on Facebook
- Share a favorite music video that reminds you of your mother. Facebook reports that among the top-shared videos among parents are Tim McGraw's "My Little Girl," and Brad Paisley's "Letter to Me."
- Alternately, make a playlist on Spotify and post it to your mother's page, so she can listen to the music within Facebook.
- Take a cue from Instagram users and post a "Throwback Thursday" photo that shows you as a young child with your mom. Better yet, make a collage. [See also: How to Use Instagram Like a 15-Year-Old Girl ]
- Send mom a Facebook Gift and make sure the notification is viewable to her friends.