Lifestyle

I've got a wife, two kids and budgie ... stuck on my car

THREE cats eh…you're going to die alone and angry.

And you own horses…are you wearing jodhpurs now?

Four kids…perhaps you should have invested in a TV rather than the stickers on your car's back window.

The My Family sticker phenomenon shows no sign of abating.

Millions have been sold across the nation and in the process created an Australian divide.

People either love them or loathe them and there are even Facebook sites voicing their hatred.

The figurines have even created an anti My Family sticker collection.

One of the latest sees figurines burning with the slogan "what happened to your stick family", another says "my dog ate your stick family" with a pooch chasing two adults and children.

Academic and social commentator Karen Brooks said those who detest the family stickers see them as a form of narcissism that is creeping into culture saying "look at mooooiii".

"I think it is indicative of a shifting culture where we are far more out there about ourselves and we like to make pronouncements and announcements," she said

"It's Facebook culture where we are really in your face about ourselves, about our lives and our families, and we think everything is important.

"We have often used our cars as billboards, from political stickers to sporting teams.

"Whoever invented My Family stickers are very clever because they latched onto what is another form of social media."

The My Family business has a staunch following on Facebook and regularly interacts with fans about events and relationships - while there is even an app which fosters "conversation for family fun and memories".

But the loathers remain vocal in their unhappiness.

On the "I hate My Family Stickers" Facebook page, one of the posts says "these stickers make me feel sick! Especially when they have like guinea pigs and stuff…or even worse…just one person!".

While "What's the point of these stickers anyway? Is it just to show the world that they're fertile? Who cares!" seemed to capture the haters's mood.

Topics:  cars, family, lifestyle, motoring, trends




Magistrate sends man's 'serious' sex act case to ditsrict court

FILE PHOTO: Gladstone Courthouse, Yarroon St.

Sex intruder case 'serious', goes to District Court

Bail refused for man accused of having 7.6g ice in car

FILE PHOTO: Gladstone Courthouse, Yarroon St.

Bail refused for fencer after police find ice in his car

Five things you need to know today

Stay up to date and check out these five things

Latest deals and offers

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

Kooza takes circus-goers back to Cirque Du Soleil's roots

The high wire act as featured in Cirque Du Soleil's Kooza.

NEW show puts the skills of the performers front and centre.

Branson "amazed" he's still alive after cycling crash

Branson saw "his life flash before my eyes" during a bike crash

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Gladstone landlords in trouble with Bechtel job losses

"If a big project was announced tomorrow I wouldn't want to see it"