There are many bones I want to pick with my generation. I have actually lost count of them.
But the one that seems to bother me the most lately is the screenshot phenomenon. If you are not smart about what words or pictures you text someone, the screenshot will get you got in the internet world.
There are some screenshots that are harmless. For example, if you are having a funny text conversation with a friend and you share it on your Instagram for other friends to laugh at as well. But I am not here to talk about appropriate behavior today because if we always behaved appropriately then there would be no need for this post.
Things get out of hand when personal text conversations are screenshot followed by claims of #thethirst. A man or woman is texting a person out of genuine interest and instead of the person responding and saying hey I am not interested, they screenshot it for the world to see.
To me the people who are the true thirst buckets are those actually reposting what is supposed to be a private one-on-one conversation. I do not get it.
But then I do. Everyone wants to feel like they have groupies. They build their self-esteem off of their popularity in the social media world.
And even more so I have seen arguments or serious conversations screenshot. That is another no-no in my book.
Ladies and gentlemen in the year 2012, being that I care about so many of my people, I am announcing that we really have to be more conscious of our digital footprints and mobile footprints. The idea of blackmail was around before the internet, but now it takes way less effort.
It is scary but there is really no way to prevent any of this from happening to you. It just makes you keep your third eye open and pay further attention to whom you trust with your thoughts.
This is a trend that has been caught fire, so I am unsure of how it can be stopped. I guess I will continue sitting in my corner and shedding helpless tears for my generation.
F.Y.I.: The photo and tweet that is captioned is real. I found it by simply typing “the thirst” on Twitter search. There are many.
– Natelege Whaley