We like to look out for you here at the Ink, so here are some pointers we found in the news of the day.
First, our do: Study abroad. According to a new study by researchers at the University of Washington:
Students who go abroad while in college are likely to increase or even double their alcohol intake while they’re away, a new study has found.
Drinking increased most dramatically in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the study by researchers at the University of Washington found. Students reported drinking more when they perceived their fellow travelers were drinking more heavily, and those who planned to make drinking part of their cultural immersion did so.
As they say… “When in Rome.” Or, “When in heavy-drinking Oxford/Spain/Cuba/Paris.” Cultural immersion!
Our don’t?: Post embarrassing photos of yourself on Facebook. Apparently they take a really long time to delete, so if you’re planning on hiding from your employer, they still might be able to find those pictures of you guzzling a sheepskin of wine in Athens. Gawker chimes in:
Jacqui Cheng of Ars Technica offers definitive proof: A Facebook picture she “deleted” in May 2009 and wrote an article about in July 2009 was still on Facebook’s servers today, more than 16 months later. The social network removed the links to the picture right away, but never got around to removing the actual image file, meaning anyone who had or could obtain an URL to the image could get it from Facebook.
So when you study abroad, tuck away the camera when happy hour starts. Because when you’re caught double-fisting tequila and wearing only a sombrero, you’ve gone more than native.