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Tea Leaves

Social media dilemmas challenge proud Asian parents

Eager 'sharents' in India find children underwhelmed by posts of family snaps

The growing trend of people posting photos on social media of family members without their permission has become a problem.   © Reuters

Vidushi Nagpal, a New Delhi schoolteacher, loved sharing photos of her daughters -- aged 17 and 20 -- on social media. On Twitter, she would post pictures of them cooking and baking. On Instagram, the girls sang, danced and played musical instruments. Then there were blogs about how the duo was helping her manage the house during the pandemic. Compliments poured in from family members in India, the U.S., U.K. and Australia, filling the 40-year-old's heart with joy.

Recently, though, Nagpal (not her real name) got a rude wake-up call. During a family discussion, her younger daughter said she was "fed up" with her mother's obsession with sharing her personal life online. "My friends know what I ate, wore and did even before I can tell them! I feel cheated mom: It's a breach of my privacy," she wailed. Confronted by her daughter, the shocked mother could barely speak. Eyes downcast, she just shook her head slowly from side to side.

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