One in every three first-time mothers feels lonely, but they only post pleasant things on social media.
A third of weary first-time mothers admit to feeling lonely, but they exclusively shared positive posts about parenthood on social media. Almost two-thirds of new mothers (64 percent) believe other new mothers do the same, and are concerned that what they post online isn’t always a true representation of how they are feeling – or coping.
Nearly half of 1,000 UK mothers who had their first child in the last five years admitted to feeling lonely during their first year as a parent and used social media as a distraction, according to the study.
In fact, 44% of parents couldn’t stop comparing themselves to other parents on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.
New mothers generally found the first year of their child’s life to be more exhausting, stressful, and chaotic than they had anticipated.
Lack of sleep, continual worrying, and striving to live up to expectations are some of the top obstacles, according to the study, commissioned by Maltesers as part of its #LoveBeatsLikes campaign.
Other difficulties encountered within the first year included losing one’s identity, realizing that time is no longer their own, and feeling cut off from friends.
In the first year, parents received two face-to-face visits, six texts or WhatsApp messages from friends, and four social media messages in a normal week.
Over the course of that first year, they spent an average of eight hours and 21 minutes every day with simply their baby.
We can be reluctant to recognize that the people we love require more than a double tap and a “heart eye” emoji in a world where “likes” are no longer enough to support the issues we care about.
“Baby images are wonderful, and it’s easy to feel that “liking” them online is a nice thing to do, but behind that snapshot could be an exhausted, and often lonely, new parent who needs a bit more love,” said Leah Dyckes, Maltesers Brand DirectorEllie Taylor, comedian and mother.
“That’s why I’m pleased to partner with Maltesers on the #LoveBeatsLikes campaign, which encourages new moms’ friends and family to show up and offer some love.”
According to the report, three-quarters of parents said the first year of parenthood was more difficult than they expected.
However, nearly nine out of ten people said becoming a mother was one of the best things they’ve ever done, with 55 percent saying it was their first. “Brinkwire News Summary.”