Would A WhatsApp Do On Mother's Day?

Would A WhatsApp Do On Mother's Day?
3 March 2016

Mother's Day tends to be a big deal when your kids are little, so it might be difficult to imagine a time when you would be content to get nothing more than a WhatsApp message from your not-so-little darlings.

But according to a recent survey by TalkTalk Mobile, some 66% of mums with children aged over 18 years say they would be happy to have a video call or message rather than a card or bunch of flowers this Mother's Day.

Indeed, only 53% of mums say they will be spending the day with their child, while 43% of UK mums expect to receive a text or WhatsApp message from their child.

But this doesn't seem to make mums feel forgotten - four out of five mums with grown-up children say they feel closer and more connected to their family thanks to their smartphone, which they use for an average of13 hours and 45 minutes per week to stay connected with their family.

Traditional ways of showing our appreciation have apparently fallen in popularity as 52 per cent of UK mums don't think they'll receive a Mother's Day card and 63 per cent don't think they'll receive a present. However, 19 per cent of mums say they prefer modern communications to cards and 76 per cent don't mind if their child doesn't send them a card, as long as they have sent a message or call.

Call me old fashioned but if my kids think a WhatsApp message will suffice on Mother's Day when they grow up, I'll be having a few choice words with them. I can't imagine many 18 year olds would be happy if their neglected mothers only sent them a text on their birthdays, after all.

It's not that I expect lavish gifts on Mother's Day - I'll be happy with the usual pasta necklace, this year - but I would like to think that I'm raising kids who know the importance of thoughtful gestures, and who bother themselves to send a card or order a bunch of flowers.

Dan Meader from TalkTalk Mobile commented: "Technology will never replace spending quality time together as a family, especially on Mother's Day. But as the research shows, our mobiles are helping us feel closer to our loved ones. The message from modern mums is clear - it's the thought that counts, not the way it's delivered."

I beg to differ. Yes, it's the thought that counts, but the kind that compels you to send your mum a WhatsApp on Mother's Day strikes me as not a very whole-hearted one.

Sorry kids, but if you ever try to palm me off with a WhatsApp message on Mother's Day you might find you'll be getting the very same back for your birthday. We'll see how that goes down.

What's your view? Would you be happy with a text message or a video call on Mother's Day or would you be disappointed if your child failed to send a card or some flowers as a mark of their appreciation? Come and share your thoughts over on our Facebook page.

TOPICS:   Parents

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