Rant. Volume 1: Drunken Actions

Snapchat/Instagram/any form of social media on the weekends is exhausting these days…why? Because college students (and sadly many high school students as well) have this belief that if they drink and party and post about it it will make them appear as ‘cool.’ What even is cool and why did this ever become a thing?

I find it so annoying. I have had someone say to me that since “[I] didn’t go to college [I] don’t understand.” and that being in college means that “you’re supposed to drink too much and party on the weekends.”   Um, excuse me? what? NO! Why would you want to ruin your body in so many ways: weight gain, heart damage, liver damage, loss of brain cells. All for a “good time.” This idea that the only way to enjoy one’s self on the weekend is to be drinking is messed up. Although I didn’t go to college I know this to be true. I want to enjoy the company of my friends on the weekend. Stay in. Watch a movie. Go out. Have a good time. Alcohol might be involved but it doesn’t need to be the sole focus of every evening.

Alcohol is a depressant, but I think many people use it as an anti-depressant. Not necessarily because they are depressed but because they are using it to escape one thing or another in their busy lives. Whether it be stress, anxiety in social situations, or any other problem, they can turn to alcohol to relax, have a good time, and maybe build up the courage to interact with people they usually wouldn’t. Although this isn’t always a bad thing, some people use it to the extreme. All they look forward to during the week is the weekend when they can party, drink, and forget their worries. They don’t actually deal with these things during the week, therefore they continue to get worse, but once they’re drunk enough their only worry is where the next drink is coming from. It’s sad really. When did this become the social norm? Why drink to get drunk, feel like crap, and barely be aware of what’s going on around you? In my opinion it is more fun to sit down with a glass of wine, or a mixed drink, surrounded by close friends, and drink to have a good time. Don’t drink to get drunk. I’m not against drinking, I am against drinking for one purpose: to be too drunk to function properly.

When you think about your Saturday/Sunday morning Snapchat and Instagram scroll it’s hard to remember sometimes that not everything on social media is what it seems (a topic that I have come across recently on Facebook.) Your friends will post seemingly perfect pictures with their friends, “funny” videos of them dancing and singing with drinks in hand, or making fun of someone in the room who is more drunk than they are. They glorify the funny, happy, and crazy moments. The social media doesn’t portray the sneaking of alcohol around when one isn’t yet 21. The hours spent deciding which cute outfit will catch the guy’s drunken look from across the room. The stumble back to your room at the end of the night. Or the hangover the next day. You know that day that you’re supposed to spend most of it working on/accomplishing things? Yea it’s a lot harder to do just that when you feel like crap, huh?

My rant is almost over, just remember: social media isn’t private. Why would you want your potential future boss to see pictures of you holding a red solo cup, clearly way past your point of knowing what’s going on around you? They can and do have access to a lot of things you post on the internet and wouldn’t that be the worst thing in the world? Not getting a job just because you were young and being dumb. You can have a good time, you can enjoy the company of your friends, you can even drink every so often…that’s fine, I’m not saying it’s not! It’s just this idea that one must get drunk every day of every weekend and post it all over the internet for all of their friends and family and anyone else who stumbles across it to see and hopefully feel jealous of their ‘cool friend’. That’s where the line is crossed and that’s where I get so beyond annoyed, and feel sorry for the people who ‘live‘ for that.

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