The problem with GSUProblems

Maureen O’Leary

Maureen O'Leary

Since the dawn of alcohol man has had a tendency to overindulge from time to time. Drunken escapades and puking in alleyways is not a novelty in our world. In fact the first sloppy drunken years of college, in which falling asleep in public and dancing on tables happen, has been considered a rite of passage by many. Nights resulting in embarrassment and blackouts used to be followed by a morning of being made fun of by our friends, and rightly so. However, in recent months, it’s become common for someone to wake up from a night of heavy drinking to find his or her picture on the Internet.

I don’t know when laughing at someone who took a drunken fall turned into snapping a photo of it, but I view this as a problem. It’s human nature to want to make fun of someone who is presumably acting foolish, but why is merely discussing it with your friends not enough anymore? Why is it necessary to make that event Internet-accessible to strangers?

What I find more concerning is that people don’t just do this to strangers, but also to their friends. Someone can’t pass out drunk on his friend’s living room floor anymore without the risk a finding evidence of it on some website. GSUProblems is at the pinnacle of this problem at Georgia Southern.

What gives anyone the right to post an embarrassing photo of someone who is too drunk on an outlet where strangers, family members, friends, ex’s and future employers can see it? It may be funny to the person who is posting it, but no one knows the consequences that the subject of the post may suffer from it.

Why has owning a camera phone put people on a throne of judgment to condemn others as they please? After all, let he who has never been too drunk cast the first stone, or the first post.

The other week a friend sent me a Snapchat video of a girl he didn’t know dancing on the stage at Retrievers. Here’s a question. Do you like seeing girls dance on the stage at the bar? Then put your phone away! She’s much more likely to keep doing it if she doesn’t see 50 cameras leering at her. If you don’t like seeing that girl on the stage, and for some reason her merrymaking incites some sort of spiteful need to make fun, do it the old-fashioned way and just talk about her with your friends behind her back.