How many times have you heard the phrase “Well, in my day …” followed by a stern talking to about everything you’ve ever done wrong?
Newsflash, gramps, your parents hated you, too.
Whether we’re talking about today’s generation or kids from the 1600s, people have been screwing around and pissing off their elders since day one. The difference today is that the digital age gives everyone access to all of your wrongful actions and stupid decisions.
Not only that, but whatever personal information you do happen to post is on the internet forever, and is capable of haunting you for just as long.
Take the incident back in late November 2012 of the image that went viral of a woman flipping off the camera next to the “silence and respect” sign in Arlington National Cemetery, which resulted in immediate discharge of the woman and her photographer from their place of work. Just deserts, sure, but take away the iPhone—what would have happened? No one would have ever known; a stupid joke would have been laughed at, and life would go on as usual for all parties involved.
Think about what you want the universe to know about you.
There’s a chance that there aren’t enough people wearing beer goggles and/or headphones to find your heated and impulsive opinions legitimate. So, before you tweet about how much you hate homeless people begging for change, think about how that may brand you as an anti-hobo/non-sympathetic douchebag. Forever.