Hindsight is 20/20

So today, Bri decided to delve into the ever-deepening cesspool on Facebook that’s better known as “Photos and Videos of You.”

Back in the day, everyone concerned themselves with the prospect of being Totally Exposed if anyone found the photos they had been tagged in where they were drinking…GASP…and at parties.

Obviously Drinking and Partying fall directly into the category of Shocking Behavior That College Students Regularly Participate In.

Constant Vigilance was necessary.  Because you know, stalk-y professors and your Sorority President might find out.

LIKE THEY DIDN’T ALREADY KNOW when they saw you rolling around campus with that unwashed ponytail and a sweatshirt that was three sizes too big?

I didn’t know you were so into blaze orange crewnecks these days.

I’m totally comfortable at this point in my life saying that I’m zero percent concerned when I think about people digging through tagged pictures of me and discovering 18 year-old Kat with a can of The Beast in her hand.

What I am concerned about?  The fact that people can still find snaps of me that are just outright horrifying.  We’re talking the types of pictures where retrospectively, I should have snatched the camera from the offender’s hands immediately after the shutter clicked.

For example, this snap below in which my first reaction was WHY ARE YOU CHANNELING MICHAEL JACKSON?!

Yes, we share a penchant for Lorazepram (how else do you think I manage to board an airplane so calmly?) and sequins.  But as far as I’m concerned, that’s really where our similarities end.

As they say, hindsight is 20/20.

Did you try to hide anything that (retrospectively!) was deadly-apparent in college?

What’s the most unflattering picture you’ve discovered of yourself on Facebook?

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8 responses to “Hindsight is 20/20

  1. There’s a picture of me on Facebook from 2006 that is me just insanely drunk and it looks like I’m midslur. It probably falls into both of those categories.

  2. Luckily, there was no Facebook when I first went to university in the 90s. And this time around my habits are VERY different, with much, MUCH less partying and way more studying and being a mom. Hahaha! From a terrible-Facebook-picture perspective, that’s definitely a good thing. Not to mention the fact that in my late teens/early 20s, I didn’t really wear makeup, had terrible skin, and wore sweatpants and ball caps a lot. Thankfully, I don’t even have digital images of those days!

  3. I am continually amazed at how much time my facebook friends will spend scanning pictures from the dawn of the dinosaurs for the sole purpose of tagging us all. Some things are better buried in the old box in the attic.

  4. There are plenty of pictures circulating of me from my “drinking” days. Not that I’ve stopped drinking, but back then… ugh. The worst one was of me standing in a bar leaning on a post with my eyes closed.. possibly passed out a little. My face grows a little red just thinking about it.

  5. I’ve had a couple I had to untag, but the one I hated more than anything is a picture of me standing beside my teeny tiny sis in law and her equally tiny cousins, all in tiny little shorts and tanks and me, in a summer dress, right next to the camera. I looked about triple in size and SO FAT next to these skinny, styling girls. Oh gosh, HATED it.

  6. Back when I was in college, we had to walk up hill both ways, and Facebook had just became available for all college students not just ivy league. The year was 2005. Those were the good old days. I joined, but not many pepple I knew were on it, so forunately, my most unflattering photos were PRINTED ON PHOTO PAPER and could be destroyed at a moments notice.

    I did get tagged in a picture from a party a few years back where a bunch of us were playing Categories. It was my turn to drink, and happened to have set the case of beer we were drinking from on my lap while moving it aside, all while drinking/chugging and it was alll kinds of unflattering. Double chin, wide eyes, enlarged-from-sitting-down thighs. That one got the boot the second I discovered it.

  7. I’ve definitely had drunken pictures put up on Facebook from my high school years… that’s why I’ve blocked my tagged pictures from showing up on my profile! My grandparents are on Facebook, I don’t want them to see that!

  8. I’m always paranoid about finding bad pictures on facebook, and it always worries me a bit to see if there’s a picture that could cause trouble when trying to find a job. (Yes, I’ve been scared into the idea of employers looking at my facebook.)
    Funny that you bring this up, because my room mate JUST made a new facebook page. One for her parents and family, one for her college ways. That might be a tad ridiculous though.

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