Thanks to facebook, you now get papped at parties
Late last Friday night I wasted a good half hour of my life I could have better spent sleeping having a major Clothes Crisis.
The crisis was in response to my sister’s Hen Do the following day, but it wasn’t the event itself that meant half my wardrobe was flung across my bedroom – it was the thought of the avalanche of photos on facebook that would inevitably follow.
It used to be that you could rock up to a party having a bad hair/ clothes/ skin day and the only evidence would be a blurry 4×6 photo kept in its Snappy Snaps envelope, never to see that light of day again.
But what with mobile cameraphones complete with flash and zoom, digital cameras, flickr and facebook, no social event goes unrecorded for posterity. That particularly unflattering camera angle, slightly too revealing top or ill advised snog can be easily viewed by friends, relatives, colleagues, prospective employers and blind dates.
I’m starting to feel empathy towards the celebrities who can’t step out of their front door without getting papped. At least I know that I only have to watch out for the tell tale flash at social events, not when putting the bins out too.
Perhaps soon every wedding invitation will carry a polite note asking guests to leave their cameras at home – not because some magazine has bought the photo rights, but that the poor bride wants to control the quality and quantity of pictures recording her big day for eternity.
In this example of Bad Facebook Picture Syndrome, it would have probably helped if any of us had actually been looking at the person taking the picture…