Have you ever scrolled through your Facebook or Twitter and found recent status update of your friends “getting wasted” or “going H.A.M”? Better yet, have you ever accidentally posted to your Facebook or Twitter after a few cocktails, woke up in the morning and regretted everything you said? Well, this article from The Oregon Daily Emerald argues that drunk posts may insinuate drinking problems in the future.
To say that those who tweet or update their status while drinking are alcoholics is a little harsh. I personally don’t think because you have a bad habit of posting while intoxicated means you need to go to an A.A. meeting. However, I will argue that posting these kinds up updates dramatically influence your online presence.
I know, I know… “but my Facebook is private!” This is the first excuse that comes out of everyone’s mouth. I know Facebook can be set to private. Therefore, you are only sharing these embarrassing status updates with approximately 800-3,000 of your closest friends and family. These types of updates negatively affect your reputation.
Back when I first came to college, my friends and I were excited to share our new-found freedom all over Facebook. Everyone wanted to share how much fun they were having with their new friends, at their new school, with no parental supervision. After a while, I hoped this phase would wear out.
As a senior, I still have friends who like to brag about the drunken mistakes that they made the night before. We are now at the time in our lives that, “getting smashed” is not an attractive trait. Now, it is make it or break it. Everyone is scoping out their previous classmates to see what they have done with their lives. Trust me, saying you go out five nights a week is not an accomplishment.
Even if you are not at this stage in your life, be aware that how you represent yourself on social media, sometimes affects your reputation in the real world. Think before you post and remember, classy is the new sexy.
Ciao, ashley a.