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Intoxication makes for instant Internet fame

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A friend of yours is extremely intoxicated and stumbling around, looking like he is going to go face-first into the wall. Do you grab your phone to capture the moment on film forever? Or do you tuck you buddy into bed, bring him a bucket and put a big glass of water on his nightstand?

Having access to a camera within arms reach has given millennials the ability to capture amazing videos and pictures quickly and efficiently— but it has also given them the power to put the temptation of creating the next viral video over a person’s well-being.

Countless videos of drunk people falling over, crashing through glass tables and doing things that no sober person would do can be found all over the Internet. This trend is especially prevalent within the college community. Apps like Snapchat have made it a competition to see who can preform the stupidest act while drunk.

This sort of behavior is dangerous and presents young adults in a light we shouldn’t been seen in. Our generation has resources that no other generation has had before, yet we use these resources to make ourselves seem dumb and uneducated.

Almost every weekend, one of my Snapchat friend’s story documents a person throughout the night. Every snap is this person three or four more drinks deep. Then toward the end of the night, this person is usually doing something stupid or is passed out with their shoes on and penises drawn all over their face.

Stop being a crappy friend, people. Filming your buddy getting overly drunk just makes you seem like an asshole in the end.

If I were put into a situation where someone had been drinking too much, I would be the first one there to help assist that person in any way they needed. Most people would just whip out their phones to capture a hilarious video they can giggle at with friends in the morning not knowing if that person is alive or not.

To my fellow Wildcats, put the cameras down and lend a helping hand to those in need. Don’t be that guy who Snapchats everything that happens to them, and most importantly, don’t be that guy who puts someones safety underneath your desire to capture the next viral video.

Nick Bragg can be reached at [email protected] or @Nick981 on Twitter.

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