Man Tweets “YOLO” Moments Before Dying with Four Friends in Car Crash

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I have a serious problem with “YOLO”. The phrase popular amongst young people around the world means, “You only live once”. It represents a license to do stupid things and “live” recklessly because, hey, why hold back if there’s nothing else after this?

Let’s take my Christian views out of this for a moment. Young people are often reckless enough. They always have been. That’s nothing new. What is new is that social media and the internet in general has enabled a playground of exhibitionism that far-exceeds anything that previous generations had. Kids are judged based upon their actions and willingness to post these actions on Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites, bragging to their friends about their “accomplishments”. Unfortunately, the accomplishments often gravitate around how crazy and reckless they act in this “one” life.

The Tweets above were the last ones to ever be sent by a 21-year-old California man. He died in a car crash along with four of his friends.

YOLO Car Crash

YOLO is not the problem. It’s a symptom. It’s an example of the path that society has chosen, embracing “consequences be damned” mentalities and a desire to show boldness through stupid actions. We make celebrities out of people who do bad things and much of the boring, positive things that people do go unnoticed.

I’m angry about this. I feel sorrow for the families of the victims. I have fear for my own children, not because they embrace YOLO (one of them said she preaches “OLOY” to her friends – “Only Losers Obey YOLO”), but because the poor choices that people are making as a result can harm the innocents who are not being stupid but are caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I’m so shaken by this story that I can’t really write any more about it. Parents, teachers, students, if you hear loved ones embracing the YOLO concept, share this story with them. Not everyone is going to get drunk and blaze through a stop light at high speeds while Tweeting, but someone they know might. Arm yourselves. Be aware.

Pray.

JD Rucker

+JD Rucker is Editor at Soshable, a Social Media Marketing Blog. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, and founder of Dealer Authority. He drinks a lot of coffee, usually in the form of a 5-shot espresso over ice. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

7 thoughts on “Man Tweets “YOLO” Moments Before Dying with Four Friends in Car Crash

  1. I feel the same way for two main points you write about here : the exhibition thing and the whole YOLO nonsense. I guess the fact that I believe in God makes it this way.
    That’s really sad for friends and family.

  2. Abdul Ghani, it’s about knowing the consequences of your actions and having a reason to wake up the next day. And it always depends on the approach you take to the things you do.

    You can use YOLO when you go up to talk with THAT girl for the first time or when you start taking lessons of something absurd you have always wanted to do or making that trip you always postpone. On the other hand you can also use it when you are attempting to kill yourself as the dudes on that car were doing.

    Summing it up, if you have psychological problems, or like acting like a retard, you are going to play things the wrong way, be it Christianity, YOLO or Comunism.

  3. Are you really this scared of a phrase? The dude died because he was drinking and driving or doing prometh and driving. It had nothing to do with his use of the phrase YOLO. In fact, he even says &*%k YOLO…so…not sure what this article even means. It means youre old and youre angry. People dont take greater risks because of the term yolo, they take greater risks because they are idiots. Attacking the use of a phrase is completely retarded…possibly more retarded than drinking and driving…hopefully your lack of intelligence wont get you killed.

  4. Jose, I hear you when you say that many dumb people could be referred to as such before following any movement. I also get that there could be a profound meaning behind the term YOLO. I mean, why would it be bad with wanting to live the most of every moment in life after all ?

    BUT I still totally agree with the big picture JD depicts here. The whole exhition thing scares me. There are many dangers in it. Lots of people are lost and many try to escape through the image they want to give about themselves by belonging to a group. I’m not saying this was the case with these guys. And I even if I did, this wouldn’t be a time to discuss this, because we”re debatting while a familly is suffering.

    What I’m saying however is that there are many side effects of the expansion of social media that I don’t see as a progress.

    Maybe this sad event isn’t a good example. But who knows the number of people committing suicide because of the way they feel about themselves when they compare with others on social networks ? Who knows the number of young girls who get caught in the comparison craze and start doing things they’re not supposed to, because they feel it’s the norm ?

    Do you see that as a progress ? I don’t, and it scares me.

  5. I’m not really sure what to think of this. Were the guys really so stupid be influenced by the term “YOLO” or is it just the fact that they were drinking and driving? I personally hate the word and I don’t like anyone using it. It’s just that quite often it encourages, mainly teenage, people to do stupid and hazardous things, which they wouldn’t have otherwise done.

  6. I agree with you. But just like what @Nick said, I think it’s not only the idea of YOLO that caused this. It just so happened that they wanted some attention before killing themselves in the crash. I really feel bad about their families, too. I’m sure that this is not going to be the last time this is going to happen.

  7. The screenshot of the tweets on your article are not from the supposed deceased’s twitter page. Check it out: http://twitter.com/ink2flashyy – He even has tweet that talks about how “people are pointing the finger at the wrong person.” While I share your sentiments about YOLO, this article, nevertheless, includes misinformation. Please remove this post.

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