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Drunken Facebooking, is it the evil of society?

Updated on March 9, 2013

Is Facebook to blame then?

My mother, Father in law and other technophobes have been heard saying " I hate Facebook, I am sick to death of the trouble it causes!". But how can a forum and base with no cognitive awareness of its own be blamed for your own personal behavior and decisions? It is a software program.

My belief is, if it was not Facebook then it would be drunken mobile phone texting or phone calling. Have people forgotten that before Facebook there was Bebo and My Space amongst other social online meeting sites?When are people going to take responsibility for their own actions and blame themselves instead of technology?

Here is a revolutionary idea. Maybe the common factor is alcohol. I will not stop drinking, it is my way to relax once a week. But in future I may disable the Facebook tab to keep the peace.

Is it Facebook and alcohol that do not mix, or alcohol and you?

Facebook in its very nature of being a social networking site means the minute people feel they are having a good time or having something relevant, or not to share, is the place they go to share that information. This is averagely harmless, if not a little bit tedious, predictable and boring, as most of our lives are really.

It becomes dangerous at the point when in an inebriated state from over consumption of alcohol, someone is let loose on Facebook. You can guarantee this will either end up in bloody and unnecessary warfare between friends and family, or someone just out right embarrassing themselves.

This could be avoided by simply staying away from Facebook whilst having a drink, it is too easy to let others upset or annoy you when you are drunk. I have even been a culprit of this a few times myself. Not so much the arguing and embarrassing issue, but I have a tongue like a cat and nine tails when I have had a drink and you will get my hard and blunt honesty. But that is good I hear you think. Not when it lacks tact, which alcohol tends to strangle first. You suddenly find yourself compelled to tell people they are annoying you or that you think they are fake. You end up letting people know that most of the time they bore you to tears or that you hated them at school so what they added you on Facebook for you will never understand.

These same people then wake up with a vague memory of falling out with someone and have to rush out of their nice cozy bed to switch their pc or lap top on and check their Facebook account for any bad behavior. Only to find out it is too late and the damage is irreversibly done.

I have like I said been guilty of doing some of these issues as I am quite an emotive person by nature. Add alcohol to this and I am either extremely bubbly and enjoyable, or a rampaging loon wanting to put the world to rights. Now this is not to say I become physically violent as I do not. But the tongue can sometimes get you in to as much trouble, or this case your fingers. ( I wonder how many people have been arrested for libel whilst drunk on Facebook?). So what have I been guilty of? I have told my brothers that they are selfish and need to grow up, put people straight on treating others correctly. Mainly family issues that I would have done anyway, but with a bit more tact sober.

The good points about Facebook

Facebook can keep you in touch with family and friends that live too far away for you to just go and visit regularly.

Facebook can keep you in touch with friends that are close, but you just do not want them in your house all day.( How annoying is it when you have uninvited guests on a regular basis? I am sure etiquette is not taught to the masses any more, wait to be invited!).

Facebook means you can keep family and friends updated with pictures of your immediate family. My sisters love looking at photos of my kids now she lives 200 miles away. It keeps her close.

You can keep in touch with what is happening in your local area. When the large snow fall happened or the boiler went down at school, it was Facebook that kept me in touch with all other parents etc.

You can promote your business and fan pages, or if you are a writer, which you probably are if you are here. Then you can share your articles.

The bad points of Facebook.

Well I think it is safe to say that the biggest bad point is the one already mentioned. Drinking and then Facebooking leads to embarrasing photos, fallouts, texts and naughtiness.

Facebook can also imply things that are not there, because the natural tone is missing. What is humourous and jokey to one person, could come across as insulting or offensive to another.

It could ruin your professional career if you have a profile, as it may be deemed as unprofessional and that you are irresponsible. Some places of work now ban Facebook or even block it in the work place.

It has caused a lot of arguments by spreading gossip. But is that really Facebook to blame, or the big mouths running and telling stories in the first place?

Trolling is another bad side effect of Facebook. Anonynimity seems to make some people act like Osama Bin Laden online. They are not as anonymous as they think. As in the fool who was imprisoned for 18 weeks in Britain for Facebook trolling this week.

People are not always who they seem to be.Not only in the vague sense of a friend may not be a true friend. Rather, a 14 year old friend who has befriended your daughter, could be a 45 year old Pedophile.

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  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    You can't be on about the marital arguments that take place daily, can you? hehe.

    People are becoming very detached to people as they think they can say EVERYTHING through the computer, when some things need to be face to face for or they lose their sentiment.

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    Scott Biddulph 

    7 years ago from Gainesville Georgia

    Reminds me of the daily travesty I see when people use facebook like a personal diary--good grief! Some things just should not be said on facebook or in public. WP--Voting up!

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from UK

    I prefer Facebook as a tool for communicating with my family about family, such as my little ones growing, as I have family that are 200 miles away also.

    I like to share my writing also and think it is always a good thing to thank people for SHARING, it is always appreciated.

    I am grateful you stopped to read my Hub and for commenting also.

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    Vanessa Martinez Wilson 

    7 years ago from Vancouver, WA

    This is a funny, yet insightful look at the most used social medium. Honestly, I only post events in my daughter's life and pictures so my family can see how she's doing, since we live in another state. I also post articles from Hubpages (and THANKS FOR SHARING!) and little more. I would never post anything that I wouldn't do in front of someone. People have a save button and embarrassing things tend to humiliate me for long periods of I try to avoid. I do drink, but I stay away from writing, in general and definitely online.

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    Neil Sperling 

    8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

    LOL - great hub - my only beef with Facebook is their "keep all information" after you cancel an account. That is wrong.

    Keep up the fun posts.

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from UK

    Brinafr3sh, thank you for stopping by and it is great for keeping tight with family and friends.

  • Brinafr3sh profile image


    8 years ago from West Coast, United States

    Facebook is cool for connecting with family and friends. But yeah I agree maybe Facebook should monitor some of the activity going on in their SMM site. Thanks

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from UK

    Maureen, I think that is the exact 80's version of drunken Face booking, was drunken phone calls.

    My aunty certainly gave my mother enough of those, and my mother still can not see that people will be people with whatever tools they have available.

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    Maureen Refior 

    8 years ago from New York

    Drunk posting - like drunk dialing - should never be encouraged. I should know. The old MSN groups are littered with posts by me, from my drinking days, that I thought were HIGHLY pithy at the time. Then I'd get up and find my Hotmail stuffed to overflowing with angry birds. Kind of like calling your ex at 4 a.m. after a night in the pubs. They don't wanna hear from you at noon when you're sober, they REALLY don't wanna hear from you pre-dawn when you're drunk. "I loved you AND YOU BROKE MY HEART. Wanna come over? I love you man...." It never ends well, lmao.

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from UK

    James. I am very happy to see you on one of my hubs, as I enjoy reading yours very much. I could never imagine you losing your temper with someone.

    Darkandlovely. That is my point, I get so stressed hearing people, ( mainly my technophobic other half) hate on computers or social networks. Thank heavens the witchtrials aren't still wide spread, I think he would have me burnt at the stake for using this machine of wizardry.

  • Darknlovely3436 profile image


    8 years ago from NewYork

    hello an old saying "don't hate the player hate the game"

    people have to take responsibility for they own actions.

    great hub

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    James A Watkins 

    8 years ago from Chicago

    I enjoyed reading your article. I only use Facebook a little and I never had an argument on it. I agree with you, it might be best to stay away from such things while drinking. You might say something you regret in the morning. :)

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from UK

    Too true BakerRambles. People really should avoid whilst drunk. I guess they see something whilst drunk and get too emotive. Makes tragedy sometimes and other times you simply can not stop laughing.

  • BakerRambles profile image


    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    This is a funny article, and yes Facebook can defintily get you in trouble from time to time, if your drunk, don't open the laptop and hit the sack, it's a lot better. Thank you for bringing a laugh into my day. Voted up and useful. Following as well.

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from UK

    Thank you Suesawan, and thank you for dropping by on my hub.

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    8 years ago

    We need more of your sense of humour on this side of the pond.

    You are right. Facebook doesn't cause bad behaviour, people do.

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from UK

    Feline I have to agree. I do laugh reading some stuff there.

    Deni, I would frape my husband beyond belief, but every one knows he isn't too confident on even logging on, never mind spelling ha ha.

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    Jenifer L 

    8 years ago from california

    I'm not a fan of Facebook, but I have to admit that I often use my husband's account after a few drinks. Some of the things I have to delete in the morning--usually some sort of sex-talk on my hubbies page (and it looks as though he is talking dirty to himself), and other posts just validate how truly funny (I think) I am.

    I think drinking and Facebooking must be mixed!

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    Feline Prophet 

    8 years ago

    Facebook does indeed have a lot to answer for - but then, where would we get our daily dose of laughs from? :)

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from UK

    Thank you so much for your compliment Victoria. Glad you chose to read my hub.

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    Victoria Lynn 

    8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    I'm "across the pond" and I love your humor! The hub is perfect and so true. I know people, too, who have regretted "drunk texting." I look forward to reading more of your hubs!

  • justom profile image


    8 years ago from 41042

    I'm not easily offended so you never need to worry about that. I like and live for more fun so I'll have to read more of your hubs. Your humor traveled very well to my house :-P Peace!! Tom

  • Ddraigcoch profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from UK

    Thank you Justtom. Oh my sense of humor never comes across the pond very well. British people get me but I do find I am harder to " get" across the pond.

    That is not in any way meant offensive. I have some friends in the US that crack me up. And in Canada. It is just as a generalization my humor does not seem to travel well.

    Thank you for seeing my light heartedness. xx

  • justom profile image


    8 years ago from 41042

    Haaa! I guess I'm the only one that thinks your hub is hilarious. I've only been on FB for a couple of months or so and have been drunk while doing it but I've always had a policy of not drinking and being an ass (I can do that without the alcohol:-P) Great hub!! I think I'll go get drunk today. Peace!! Tom


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