A blogger is facing fierce backlash after sharing an Instagram post detailing how her sons photos don’t get as many likes on social media as pictures of his siblings.
Katie Bower, a 37-year-old mother of five based in Atlanta, Georgia, shocked her fans on Sunday when she discussed her son Weston’s photos from a ‘statistical point of view,’ explaining that ‘he wasn’t as popular with everyone out there.’
The post, which was shared in honor of Weston’s sixth birthday, started as a heartwarming tribute to the little boy but turned into a confession about how his pictures don’t get as many likes or comments from her 52,000 followers, shared Daily Mail.
‘Guys I am gonna be perfectly honest…Instagram never liked my Munchkin and it killed me inside,’ she wrote. ‘His photos never got as many likes. Never got comments.’
Weston has an older brother, Will, and three younger siblings, LJ, Maxwell, and Ella, and according to his mom, people are the least responsive to his photos.
‘From a statistical point of view, he wasn’t as popular with everyone out there,’ she said. ‘Maybe part of that was the pictures just never hit the algorithm right.
‘Part might be because he was “the baby” for a very short amount of time before LJ came along…and then Max and then Ella. And people like babies.”
‘I say all that because I want to believe that it wasn’t him…that it was on me,’ she explained. ‘My insufficiency caused this statistical deficit because obviously my Munch should get ALL the love and squinty eyes are totally adorable.
‘So can we do this right? Because I truly KNOW that my Munch deserves alllllll the likes…whether or not a stranger gives it to them.’
She ended her post by saying she is ‘thankful’ to know that no matter what other people think of her family, ‘they are 1000000000x better in real life than any tiny little picture could hold.’
It appears her posts have since been deleted.
The post received hundreds of comments with many finding her candid message to be ‘infuriating.’
‘You really think your kid is gonna look at how many likes his mom’s posts got about him and feel bad???’ one person asked. ‘You needa give this ig s**t up and get some help it’s warped your brain.’
‘This is horrific! The only thing that will give him a complex is you!!!!’ someone else commented. ‘Seriously re read this and listen to how it sounds! “Statistically not as good”! Dear god!!!!! Shocking!’
Katie later returned to the post to try to explain her reasoning for writing about Weston’s Instagram lacks, or lack thereof.
‘P.S. I wanted to clarify that I revealed this feeling because I know one day he will see the numbers and have to learn that his value is not in online approval,’ she wrote. ‘This is a hard lesson for anyone to learn and I’m thankful I have learned it.
‘I hope you all can be understanding and not take things out of context or believe that this in any way affects how I see or treat my children. All comments and well wishes I read to the birthday boy!’
Katie noted that she knows a lot of people aren’t going to understand where she is coming from because they ‘don’t have business accounts’ and ‘don’t run their business based on social media.’
‘It’s a lot of people who thought I needed him to be liked,’ the mom said of her most recent post about her son. ‘No, I don’t. I like him. Nothing is going to change that. He is just awesome. All of my kids are.
‘But kids are smart y’all, she added. ‘Kids know that there are likes on photos, and it’s very human nature to compare. And, so for me, my personal growth journey is teaching my kids that it doesn’t matter.’
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