Picture this: You’re in the campus computer lab finishing up a paper when your roommate shoots you a text: we r goin drinkin 2nite xoxo!!!
Thank god. This week has been freakin’ ridiculous. Work overload, professors on your case, pressure to find an internship for the summer. You just need to unwind. A few beers would do you good.
But wait… you’re not 21…
Who cares? You’re in college. You’re going out for a couple drinks with your friends.
How you gonna swing that?
Easy. You’ll either whip out your trusty fake I.D. or hit up a bar you know doesn’t card. Big deal. Your parents are miles away, and it’s not like you’re going to send them a newsletter complete with photos detailing exactly how you spent your Thursday night.
Well… maybe you won’t… but someone might.
Enter stage right: Facebook.
You know Facebook. Of course you do. You probably have it open in another browser tab as you’re reading this post.
But did you know that more than 50% of Facebook’s 800 million users login to poke around every single day?
Did you know more than 350 million active users access Facebook through their mobile devices?
Oh oh, and that on average, more than 250 million photos are uploaded per day?
That includes the photos your so-called BFF snapped & posted last night without your permission when you guys were out at the bar.
Or were you too buzzed to remember?
So, great. Not only are you nursing a wicked hangover the next morning, now you have to wonder who saw the incriminating evidence.
Did your parents see the ones of you taking shots?
Did your long distance boyfriend see the one of you getting cozy with that cute guy from down the hall?
Did your potential internship boss find them when he searched your name to do a little background check?
Did your dear old University dig them up while investigating alcohol policy violations?
Did the police find them following a lead from that raucous bar fight?
Suddenly doesn’t seem like “no big deal,” huh?
Let’s get one thing straight: The BookRenter team does not condone underage drinking of any kind! That’s illegal, folks. But… we also weren’t born yesterday. We know it’s bound to happen.
So if you’re going to be gutsy enough to go out drinking even though you’re under 21, at least make sure your Facebook Privacy Settings are locked down so you KNOW who can and can’t see your photos and posts, and so “Friends” can’t “check you in” to places or tag you in photos without your permission.
Think the sting of negligent Facebook posts is a threat only for underage drinkers? Think again.
May we present: The Totally True Tales of People Who Got Fired For Something Stupid They Posted On Facebook:
- Facebook post costs waitress her job | Charlotte Observer
- H.S. Teacher Loses Job Over Facebook Posting | The Boston Channel
- 17 People Who Were Fired For Using Facebook | Business Insider
- 10 People Who Lost Jobs Over Social Media Mistakes | Mashable
- Fired Over Facebook: 13 Posts That Got People CANNED | Huffington Post
- How To Lose a Job Via Facebook In 140 Characters or Less | Applicant.com
And that’s just a sampling… so please, post responsibly.
Need a reminder not to do anything stupid this weekend? Download the flowchart above, print it out, and tape it to your bathroom mirror. Or your mini-fridge. Or your forehead. Whatever.
***Once more for the cheap seats in the back: BookRenter in no way condones underage drinking. At all. Under no circumstances. Period. The end. Don’t do it!***