Disclaimer: The below is solely intended for informational purposes and in no way constitutes legal advice or specific recommendations.
In the past year alone, many celebrities have received criticism, lost jobs, or even paid millions of dollars in fines for posting to social media in a diminished state of mind. Roseanne Barr infamously posted a single tweet earlier this year that not only got her fired, but also put hundreds of employees out of work.
Elon Musk also came under scrutiny for posting a firestorm of tweets while in a state of exhaustion. Although he wasn’t intoxicated at the time, a few tired tweets cost Musk and Tesla Inc a combined total of $40 million in fines to the SEC.
Celebrities aren’t the only ones who can lose big when they’re careless on social media. Posting while you’re in an altered or diminished state of mind could have lasting consequences on your career and reputation, not to mention the fact that you could come under attack by trolls.
Tips To Avoid Drunk Social Media Posts
If you know you’re going to be in an environment where you’ll be drinking, here are three tips to prevent you from posting something you’ll later regret:
Give Your Phone To A Friend
If you’re going out with friends, ask someone to help keep you accountable. Asking a friend to babysit you every time you use your phone at a party is no fun for anyone, so ask them to hang on to it for a few hours. Set guidelines for your friend so they know when they can give your phone back.
Download An App Blocker
App blockers are designed to restrict access to specific apps — or the entire phone — for a certain length of time. App blockers have been around for years and have been designed for specific use cases, such as a parental control app to prevent kids from accessing the phone, a study aid to help students stay on-task, and there’s even an app specifically designed to prevent drunk Tweeting.
Delete Social Media Apps From Your Phone
It might seem a little drastic, but if you’re really concerned about posting something on social media while intoxicated, delete the apps from your phone. Your drunk self isn’t going to have the attention span or patience to wait for an app to download to post something on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Be Cautious What You Post Online
Even if you’re not intoxicated or exhausted to the point of delirium, it’s still a good idea to think before you post on social media. If you’re mindful about what you post when you’re sober, you’ll develop habits that will stop you from posting when you’re under the influence.
Before you post anything on social media, consider who will see the post and how it may be interpreted. It’s not just your friends, it’s also your family members, co-workers, and the general public, depending on your privacy settings. You don’t want to be the next viral meme because of an insensitive, poorly planned tweet.