Like many young college students, I have Facebook and Instagram DM. Facebook came after the development of MySpace and is frequented by mostly college students and the occasional high school student. It has become one of the most convenient ways to reach many of my friends within seconds of logging on. Of course, telephones work just as well, but that is a whole other topic in itself. One of the most useful applications of Facebook is to create groups in which people with common causes ban together and promote their cause to the other Facebook visitors. Recently an interesting trend has been on the rise. Facebook groups that supposedly have solutions to today’s rising gas prices have started to pop up all over the place.
Type in “Gas Prices” into the “Search” box on Facebook and over 500 results show up with many stating things such as “Amazing New Way to Lower Gas Prices” or “Help Make Gas Prices Go Down”. Now, what are these so-called solutions? Let’s take a closer look. Many of the solutions are to stop purchasing gas for one day and the prices will go down. One of my favorite solutions was to just get a mountain bike with spinners and a sound system. Another popular solution is not to purchase gas from Exxon or Mobil in hopes that the companies with a plummet in profits and they will lower the prices. Interestingly enough another group states that the best idea is to not purchase from Shell. Another group states to not buy from Cisco. So let me get this straight. No one should buy any gas from any gas company and our problems would be solved. Okay, that might be an overstatement.
Are these solutions really viable? Purchasing a mountain bike with spinners sounds like the most viable to me. But in all seriousness, would they work? According to the Answer Desk on msnbc.com the one day boycott would do nothing except for moving profits from one day to another because of the fact that even if you don’t purchase one day you are going to have to make up for that either before or after said date. (Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18492185/) Boycotting specific gas companies is the same deal. It just won’t work according to snopes.com (Source:http://www.snopes.com/politics/gasoline/gasout.asp) stating that in the end the gas companies still set whatever prices they want.
Okay, so what can we do to save gas and keep our money instead of dishing it out at the pump?
- Drive the speed limit! When it says 65 mph, you should probably avoid the ticket and save the gas by drive 65 mph.
- Carpool like crazy! Whenever possible carpool to work, to the game, or everywhere you can!
- Ride a bike! Self-explanatory.
- Walk whenever possible!
- GasBuddy.com and GasPriceWatch.com should be your best friends! Pump it where its cheapest!
- Apply for a Gas Card. They offer discounts and rewards to save you money!
We are all in this together. Let’s help each other out and save some gas money!