There have been a few happenings of late that I am quite elated, lucky – fill in any other word to express my happiness – that my formative and teen years did not have social media and smart phones.
The things you can find on the internet -YouTube, Facebook, Vine, SnapChat etc. – would have had such devices of mine surely confiscated by my parents until was old and gray.
I admit it. I did some pretty dumb things (as we all have) when I was younger. If there had been even digital cameras back then, I’d probably had been grounded. The best we had was the old Polaroid Land Camera. You had to unfold the thing, take the photo and actually do what the OutKast song instructed “shake it like a Polaroid picture” and wait for it to develop. The film wasn’t cheap, either.
But I digress. Do I really want to see my shenanigans over and over again on YouTube?
Would I have been embarrassed if my parents or *GASP* my grandparents were shown a video of me playing quarters during their Sunday school lesson? Yup, I sure would have been!
All we had to worry about was gossip and the stories being embellished as they were told and retold.
Plus, my high school friends were the sort that didn’t have a mean bone in their body. We all had each other’s back.
Think about it. It seems that now all is fine until someone gets their feelings hurt. Then, that video or not-so-glamorous photo of you goes viral. The way I see it, luckily most of my antics and my friends were relatively calm. When I see these viral videos of young folks, I hope they still have a sense of humor when they are in their 50s – or when they have children of their own. SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at email@example.com or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.