ESSENCE Poll: How Do You Feel About Your Parents Following You on Social Media?

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How quick are you to accept a follow request from your mom or dad?

Big Sean and his pop star girlfriend, Ariana Grande, dodged an awkward moment last week after a man claiming to be Grande's dad called out the rapper on Instagram for posting a rather father-unfriendly caption.

"I give her that D… #Detroit," Big Sean posted, quoting his song "Mercy," but (possibly?) alluding to his 21-year-old boo thang.

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It wasn't long before a man with the same name as Grande's father clapped back. "That D. better be Detroit, Sean," Edward Butera wrote.

Cue awkwardness.

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Grande's publicist recently told E! News that the man was not actually Grande's father, but that doesn't make the thought any less cringe-worthy. 

We all know that social media can be both a blessing and a curse: A blessing when you're among the first to find out that Nicki Minaj might be engaged, but a curse when your parents spy those pics from last weekend where you were a little too turnt up.

Is friending your parents or accepting their follow requests on Instagram worth the potentially awkward moments (consider the Big Sean/Ariana debacle as a cautionary tale!)? How do you feel about your parents following you? Take our poll and let us know if you've gotten into any cringeworthy situations because of it.

QUESTION:
How do you feel about your parents following you on social media?
I hate it. I have to censor myself.
15%
I don't mind it. They know who I am.
43%
My parents aren't on social media.
42%
Total votes: 110

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