Inappropriate Pictures on Social Media

As summer comes to a saddening close, it is widely expected to see revealing “tbt” bikini pictures that have meaningless captions including something like “Vitamin Sea” or “missing this”. We accept these because the fact we are all in agreement that the warm and school-less days will be missed, however, I must contemplate: When is enough, enough?


I understand that it’s nearly impossible to cover every part of your body in order to take a picture in that time of the year, although it is not nearly impossible to make sure that your chest is not spilling out of your bikini top. I must admit that in my entire Instagram feed, I have posted two pictures of myself in a bathing suit out of 39, however they were both posted in the summer


I am more than okay with seeing cute pictures at the beach during this time of year, and I assure you that I am not saying any of this out of spite, however there are multiple situations where excessively revealing pictures can become a problem for those who posted them.


As the beautiful and refreshing seasons of fall and winter come rushing around the corner, the time for hot chocolate, large fuzzy blankets, and the Charlie Brown series follows quickly behind. Trust me when I say that it’s depressing to see exposing pictures of students at the beach, especially when we saw 27 pictures from the exact same “photo-shoot” you took part in last week and the week before.


Aside from my personal preference of not wanting to see practically naked people on every social media app that graces my phone, there comes the point that teenagers are not the only ones who are able to see these pictures. Prospective admissions counselors, coaches, parents, and many more important people see the pictures you posted.


Many dismiss the idea that colleges and future employers look through social media, but they do. Over 31 percent of colleges have said that before granting admission to the school, they will often look through the prospective student’s social media in order to establish a deeper understanding of the student’s life.


The fact that these pictures do have an impact on the admissions process means that more people should be conscious of what they post. I can guarantee that 100 likes on a picture is not worth losing the acceptance to your number one choice for school.