“PICS OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN”

Every year, college students travel to Florida or Mexico for the ultimate Spring Break. During the weeks before this coveted time, students talk about their plans on social media. The hype and excitement reaches an all time high, and the social media network feeds are filled with Spring break related posts. Many of the Spring Break destinations students go to are highly marketed all over social media. Resorts and famous beaches are viral on the Internet and made out to be heaven on earth. Once students board their flights and travel to their tropical destination, that’s when the Spring Break posts start flooding in.

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The posed beach photos, selfies by the beach, and updates from exotic locations are spread all over social media. Everybody is guilty of such pleasures. After all, Spring Break is a time to get out of the cold weather and enjoy a week of fun. There are a few tips you should be aware of before you head off with your friends for SB2K17.

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Social media might be something you want to leave behind next week. As digital natives and millennials, we understand how visible social media can make our actions. Keeping up with social media over Spring break can also cause a great deal of anxiety. There is an incredible amount of pressure to be doing something equally as fun as your friends. If there is one week you should minimize your social media usage, it very well could be Spring Break.

Over the last four Spring Breaks, I have had my teammates come down to my house in Fort. Lauderdale. Each year has featured more and more social media coverage from my friends. They really take the “pics or it didn’t happen” mentality seriously. Last year’s 15-person crew had just about every moment of the trip covered through social media. Prior to their arrival, they went to Twitter to express how stoked they were. Their Snapchat stories featured the classic boarding pass to Florida photo. On Facebook, they posted pictures from the previous year to remind their friends what time of year it was again. They found every way to announce their plans for the much-awaited break.

The real social media coverage never starts until the real action begins. During the first day of going out fishing, every moment is captured on Snapchat. As soon as the boat leaves the dock, everything is fair game. If a bird flies by, you better believe its getting snapped. Throw in a quick sunrise picture to the story and an artsy picture of a fishing rod and you’re off to a good start. Before we even get to the inlet, they have a 100 second story…

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When we catch a fish, the social media flood gates open. Fish pictures are a guaranteed 300 likes on Instagram and at least 5 Snapchat comments. When the fish is landed, I am forced to move the boat to get ideal lighting and angles from the sun. Each person has to hold the fish and pose for Instagram. Those who aren’t in the picture are filming on their phone screaming at the top of their lungs. Its hard to deal with sometimes.

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There are times when I wish we went out boating with no phones. It does take away from interacting with each other and truly appreciating the ocean. Despite my wishes, this year will be no different. There will be a plethora of social media coverage. Our crew is also known for awesome GoPro videos after Spring Break that attempts to capture our adventures. If you want to get a glimpse of some of the ridiculous Spring Break coverage I am writing about, follow these handles on Snapchat for a good laugh (It will be pretty entertaining):

Mcgiacone

Bigcash73

Mikestrizak

lenskubal

5 comments

  1. I’m going to try not to be jealous but I think you may as well just facebook live the whole thing so the class can follow along. I’m very much the opposite of your friends – I think I’ve only remembered to take photos at like two of my friends weddings. It’s much more important to enjoy the moment. Try not to get burned too bad.

  2. I’m in awe of how folks can be so skilled at capturing so many of their moments on social media. I am also one of those folks who would prefer to leave social media behind while on the boat, if possible.

  3. I think there is a way to balance social media and still have fun. I heard so many people from BC were going to either Punta Cana or Mexico for spring break, and so how can pictures or Snaps be avoided, especially in exotic islands? Also, in terms of pictures, it’s always great to look back and have a record of the memories, not just in terms of flashing those out to others, but perhaps even just storing them on your phone and downloading them onto your computer. Again, I believe a balance of the two can still enable one to enjoy the moments and still to look back.

  4. Nice post. I am constantly having the internal debate about whether I should be capturing something on video/ pic to share or just enjoying the moment. Your post really points out how SM can change the interpersonal interactions. I get it wrong on both sides sometimes.

  5. Unfortunately I saw this post right after spring break so I missed out on the live coverage, but it sounds like a lot of fun every year! In the world we live in today, everyone has pretty much adopted a “pics or it didn’t happen” mentality. And I’m personally not against it, I’m guilty of sharing a lot during trips and events, but do it to a lesser degree on “regular” days. We all want to share special experiences with our extended groups of friends and not just the ones we are vacationing/partying/etc. with, and what better way to do it than do it in a visual manner and in the moment? The trouble always lies with maintaining the balance, and as long as you don’t hold your phone or you GoPro out all day, or stop an important moment only to be able to recapture it, it makes sense to me.

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