So I was sitting here drinking a cup of coffee this morning, watching Dr. Phil on OWN... Today's episode was about a Facebook group called "30 Reasons Girls Should Call It A Night". Basically, it's a Facebook group that shows young women getting drunk, throwing up, collapsed in varying stages of undress, and just basically making asses of themselves.
I wouldn't necessarily approve of joining this Facebook group, nor do I think it's cute or funny to post drunken photos on the Internet. However, I am a also big proponent of free will.
So one of the guests on Dr. Phil was a woman named Amanda. Amanda is obviously very intelligent and assertive. She's dressed professionally and taking some poor 17 year old girl to task for being a member of this group and posting pics on the Web. Amanda speaks like a litigator and uses a lot of 50 cent words as she talks to the 17 year old, who really seems like she just wants to have fun and thinks posting drunk pics is an enjoyable pastime. Amanda comes off as an all knowing jackass.
Granted, the 17 year old girl is a bit naive and dumb, but who isn't at that age? While Amanda might have been trying to do the girl a solid by giving her some unsolicited advice, it's my view that her well-stated and well-intentioned advice is going to alienate people rather than clue them in. That being said, it's pretty obvious that Amanda is a high achiever who will probably go far in life. She speaks like someone who attended an Ivy League school and is obviously on the track to success. The other young lady seems to have more beauty than brains. Maybe she's not interested in a career? And what the hell is wrong with that?
As for posting drunk photos on the Internet, personally, I don't think it's a smart idea. More and more people are relying on the Internet to check up on other folks. Everyone from potential employers to potential suitors are Googling your name, looking for information that might expose your weaknesses. Besides, why would you want other people to see you passed out and/or puking?
But even as I point these things out, I also think that people should be entitled to some privacy. I also think people should be smart and protect their privacy... But most of all, I think Amanda needs to come down off her high horse.