Sixteen-year-old Katie got an unexpected phone call from her boyfriend (they usually text). He wanted to break up, at least until the end of the school year, he told her, so he could “focus on sports.” As soon as Katie tearfully said goodbye, she already had a barrage of texts coming in. Her boyfriend, now ex, had already changed his status on Facebook from “in a relationship” to “single” with a few comments about fun times ahead in the single life and cyber high-fives from buddies. Katie didn’t have time to react before she was receiving Facebook messages, comments to her wall, and Twitter comments and direct messages asking about the break-up – one she had no idea was even coming. Everyone seemed to know about her boyfriend’s decision before she did – people online she didn’t even know – making her breakup all the more humiliating.
College is often the first experience many youth have with heavy drinking, or binge drinking. Binge drinking-related deaths are an unfortunate part of life on college campuses or in college towns.
According to a news article, scientists worry about the problems students’ online posts on Facebook are causing. The students’ alcohol habits and problems caused by it are now available for all to see on their profile pages. This raises concern about the impact of the “alcohol identity” of others viewing their pictures and status updates.
Many students don’t even remember life before Facebook, Twitter, cell phones or the Internet. What used to be a privilege has now become a given. However, there are repercussions to being in constant social networking modes and many are unaware of the significant health problems that can occur such as FTAD or Facebook/Twitter Addiction Disorder.
A new study has found an association between Facebook and alcohol-college-aged males who mention alcohol on the social networking site tend to have more Facebook friends. The recent study, to be published in the American Journal of Men’s Health, found that 85 percent of the profiles of male undergraduates contained at least one reference to alcohol.