Don’t get an SUI (socializing under the influence) this summer! by Hillary Till

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Submitted to http://socialmediaclub.org by Hillary Till on Thu, 06/23/2011 – 9:22am

School is out for the summer which usually means lots of BBQs, swimming, and late fun nights.  I am a big supporter of students taking advantage of the summer break and cutting loose. Classes can be very stressful and having a break for a few months was always a chance for me to cut loose and relax.

With that being said, I think this is the perfect time to talk about the consequences of using social media after partaking in a few too many adult beverages.

Now, let’s all be honest: we’ve all done it. I’ve done it, my friends have done it, and my family members have done it. Sometimes it can be funny and clever, other times it can make zero sense and stir up some major drama. Here are reasons why you should be careful and how to cover your butt if you SUI.

First of all, it’s a bad idea.  Whenever we’re under the influence (at least this has been my experience) we think every sentence that comes out of our mouth is pure philosophy.  However, usually when we wake up the next day grabbing our throbbing heads or stomachs, we think, “what the heck was I talking about last night?” These conversations more than likely take place with good company and friends who will tease you about it for a week then drop it.

However, now with smart phones and easy access to social media, we are sometimes sharing these “engaging” conversations with the whole entire world.  So, when you send out a tweet or Facebook status update after a few too many, EVERYONE can see it—not just friends and family who will laugh it off. This means employers, future employers, grandmas, parents, teachers, professors, and even kittens can see your obviously drunk babble.

Yes, I am being a little dramatic and harsh but that’s because this is important stuff.  The solution is simple: put the phone or computer down, make a frozen pizza and pass out.

Seriously, your headache will be much worse when you realize the next morning you’ve shared with all of your followers that you just puked in the parking lot.

Let’s look at an actual example of an SUI.  A few months ago, this was tweeted by someone who ran the American Red Cross Twitter account: “Ryan found two more 4 bottle packs of Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch beer….when we drink we do it right #gettngslizzerd.” Sometimes, tweeting under the influence can mean tweeting under your work account rather than your personal one.  Imagine waking up to that headache!

Now, if you have made a drunken mistake, just apologize and make sure it never happens again. People forgive and forget easier when an apology is made and the mistake is doesn’t occur again.

We’re all human and we all make mistakes. If you mess up and make an SUI, don’t beat yourself up over it. Apologize and move on.   Don’t make it a habit and be careful. Always remember that every one can see your tweets and statuses online. Have fun, be safe and leave the social media jabber for the sober hours.

Learn more about the author at http://socialmediaclub.org/profile/hillarytill 

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