Keeping your Social Media PG during Spring Break?

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By: Kenya Mavhera

That moment when it’s 2:30 in the morning and you’ve had one too many tequila shots that you’ve lost count, but you somehow manage to still have your phone and you just took a crazy video of your friend taking body shots off this random hot guy at the club. This is where the moment of truth comes into play; do you post the video of the amazing time you’re having to be seen by all your followers or do you keep your social media PG and save the video instead of posting it? POST IT, duh! Is that even question? Why wouldn’t you want everyone seeing how much fun you’re having? Come on people, it’s SPRING BREAK!

Those are the thoughts that run through spring breakers heads every time they post a fun crazy video or picture. People want everyone seeing where they are and how much fun they are having so their followers can wish they were there as well. Social media has a way of taunting us, especially during spring break. Posting where you are, updating your story, and uploading multiple photos is the normal thing. Snapchat even created its own “Spring Break” filter and story which encourages spring breakers to constantly be snapping and posting in hopes to get featured on their worldwide story for everyone to see! Another feature snapchat has is their geofilters which allows you to let your followers know where you are and what you’re up to based on your location. Instagram sits there waiting patiently for you to finally upload 1, 2, 3…10 photos of your spring break shenanigans. I mean how could you not post anything when all you see when you scroll down your timeline is photos of people having a blast at the beach or wherever they’re at! When it comes to social media though, there are unsaid rules about what you post and where you post it. Facebook for example is where you post your PG photos for your family and relatives to see. Everyone knows your buck wild photos are usually posted on another not so family friendly social media account.  Instagram is where the PG-13 photos are normally posted since you usually follow more friends than family on there. These photos can reveal a little more skin/cleavage or maybe have a casual beer or two in the background. Now when it comes to snapchat that’s when things get crazy real quick. Everyone knows that when you post something on snapchat it’ll disappear in 24 hours, this gives people a lot more leeway on what they post since it doesn’t stay up forever. This is where the R photos/videos come in, especially during spring break.

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With spring break just passing it’s safe to say that I saw my fair share of PG, PG-13, and R rates posts. So that brings us back to the question; can you keep your social media PG during spring break? I guess there really isn’t a right or wrong answer. People are going to do crazy things during spring break and what better way to publicize that then to post a video on snapchat or upload a photo on Instagram. Our generation is heavily involved in social media, now a days if you’re not posting anything during spring break then you might as well be vacationing under a rock. We feel so pressured to be posting our whereabouts at all times but I guess that’s where the saying comes from, “Pic it or didn’t happen!”

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Sources:

Rogers, Tim. “My Wife Let Me Go on Spring Break with a Bunch of College Kids. This Is What I Learned.” Fusion. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2017.

Mendoza, Madalyn. “Study: South Padre Island ranks 2nd in the nation for spring break alcohol, drug Instagram posts.” San Antonio Express-News. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2017.

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