It's hard to know where to hold a party these days. Big venues are expensive. Small ones might even have a cover charge. And then there's all the legal responsibility.
Perhaps that's why some kids in Tega Cay, S.C., decided that it might be more, um, cost-effective to break into someone else's house and have the party there.
According to NBC Charlotte, the owners of the house were none the wiser. For they were out of town when the party allegedly happened. And when they returned they noticed nothing especially amiss.
That was, until their eyes were directed to some pictures on Facebook. Gosh, that house looked familiar. For indeed, it appears that pictures from the break-in party had been posted by the alleged miscreants.
As the homeowner told NBC Charlotte: "Wait, this is my house!' They are running around doing lewd things with funnels, throwing up in the sink, passed out on the kitchen floor."
It is well known that young people, when left alone, often do lewd things with funnels. In order to do that at this particular house, the gatecrashers had allegedly ripped off a screen that was shielding an unlocked window.
However, a kink in this whole affair is that the squatting party-comers might have been identified by the homeowner's own daughter as being from her school.
Despite the fact that the revelers allegedly had an attack of responsibility and returned to clean up the house after the funnel play, they did leave one more trace. They tagged themselves on Facebook.
You might think this affair describes an entirely self-centered society in which people not only do as they please, but also feel the need to boast about it to everyone.
For me, however, it surely points to the difficulties of living in 21st century America.
So many expectations are being put on our young and fragile that they are assaulted by a peculiar schizophrenia. They don't know what society expects from them. They are told to be responsible and go to college, yet afterward they can't find jobs. They are told to enjoy their youth, yet when they do they see scowls of disapproval.
And they're so assaulted by advertising that they have no idea whether to get an iPhone 5 or a Samsung Galaxy S3.
Though no one has yet been formally charged in this incident, I sense that there will be an appropriate intervention and that a socially networked peace will reign once more in Tega Cay.