There is a phenomenon occurring among young people involving social media, mainly Facebook. During the school year, there was an outburst of insane and rather disgusting acts that were videotaped and posted to the Internet in an attempt to be “Facebook famous.”
So what exactly does being “Facebook famous” constitute? Clearly it means that one must make a fool out of his or herself while performing a ridiculous, dangerous or otherwise disgusting act while videotaping said act or taking extremely revealing pictures and then posting them to the Internet. So far, multiple people of both genders, have taken part in these activities.
Maybe these acts could be forgiven if the makers stopped after one, took it down quickly and realized that they made a horrible mistake. However, no one has done anything remotely close to that. They embrace the comments and thrive on all the people talking about them. Each “Facebook famous” person has made at least one status saying that they are proud of what they have done. How in the world can someone be proud of acting with absolutely no class and spending their life trying to impress others? Posting revealing photos of yourself will not only affect your social life now, but in the future, colleges and businesses will look through the Internet and see that you have no self-respect or that you’re just plain stupid; the same goes for the videos. You can hit the delete button as many times as you want, but once you’ve posted it, it’s viral. There are copies everywhere. People most likely have it saved to their computer or have it up on their own media-sharing websites, blogs, etc. Not to mention that each of the videotaped acts put the maker’s health at risk
The worst part of all this is that these idiots, who chose to destroy any and all dignity they have, are gaining followers! People comment on their Facebook posts, tweet them and hope for acknowledgement and beg to attend parties with them. Have today’s young people truly lost all sense of what is to be respected and revered and what is to be scorned and discouraged?
Not every teen is supporting this ongoing drought of intelligence. Some, mostly called “haters” by Facebook users, are simply commenting vile messages, most with very poor grammar, and hoping that will affect the egotistical person featured in the video. These “haters” aren’t any better than the ones supporting the acts in the first place. If you want the videos to stop, then you need to ignore them. Ignoring them completely takes away the one thing that being “Facebook famous” guarantees: attention.
So how can we put a stop to all this nonsense? I don’t think we really can. It will most likely fade away with time as most trends do, especially among teenagers. For now, the best thing to do is ignore the ridiculous videos and statuses being posted and hope that these people receive a healthy dose of reality, or self–respect, soon.
Hannah Gordon is a senior at Immaculata Academy.