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By Stephanie Schieda
Now that we’re in our college years, we reflect… and add, unfortunately. We all have galleries of inappropriate information Facebook has collected from us. What is popular and cool for one time period tends to be awkward and embarrassing a few years later. If you scroll through your 2008/2009 Facebook history, like I recently just did, your palm will hit your forehead more times than you can count.
Here are five ways Facebook haunts our future:
1. Drinking Pictures
Keg-stands, jello shots and funneling lukewarm Natty Ice at college “ragers” flood social media feeds. In our generation, if you don’t take a picture and post it, it didn’t happen. So we document our chugs that lead to blackouts and shots, making us miss job opportunities.
2. Embarrassingly dramatic statuses from your younger years
Timehop, an Iphone app that connects to all your social media, reminds us daily of what we were doing that day years ago. They are statuses more suitable for a diary pop up, and you wish you could travel back in time to tell yourself “I promise, you WILL survive!”
3. Immature posts on friends’ walls and pictures
What may seem funny at the time can reveal itself as offensive in the future. Cursing and derogatory words should be left out of posts. What may be harmless in your eyes could be hurtful in someone else’s. Remember what adults told us when we were little? “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
4. The ridiculous pages you “liked”
We’ve “liked” away some of the corniest Facebook pages. Later on, those same pages started posting memes and statuses to remind us of our trigger happy fingers. We just had to join “Those few words from him that make u feel on top of the world! <3” or “Go F*** Yourself”.
5. Super personal information
Throughout middle school, arguably the most awkward and dramatic years of one’s life, I was a constant culprit of reposting surveys on my Facebook and Myspace. They asked really uncomfortable questions, such as “Who was your last kiss?” or “Are you missing someone right now?” These 25+ questions would circulate through social media, with friends copy and pasting them to their own notes. Now our friends comment on them, bringing your emabbarrassments to the top of everyone’s newsfeed for some laughs at your expense.