Drunken Facebooking may become the "friend" that won't go away

Drunken Facebooking may become the "friend" that won't go away

Summary: Facebook revelations about drunken revels might reveal a drinking problem.

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The web has been abuzz for the past few days (pun intended) about how Facebook revelations about drunken revels might reveal that someone has a drinking problem. ZDNet's own Emil Protalinski covered the story just yesterday.

See also: Facebook may help identify college drinking problems (study)

This isn't necessarily a new phenomenon when you think about it. I would imagine that throughout history, the people who have made the most verbal self-references to being hung over, or gleefully announced their plans to "get smashed" over the weekend, or made regular comment to anyone within earshot about the way spirits affect the spirit, have probably been the unfortunate folks who, sooner or later, have had to battle addictions issues.

What is new, however, is the fact that Facebook is forever and that the future is always within earshot.

On one hand, experts are pointing out that social networking may be a tool that could facilitate early intervention in cases where Facebook brings to light a possible drinking problem.

On the other hand, Facebook's new timeline feature might serve to socially stigmatize a person well after college bouts of binge drinking behavior are a thing of the past. With more and more stories of potential employers expecting to "friend" their potential hires, and a job market that is becoming increasingly competitive, this can have potentially serious consequences.

It is absolutely not my intention to make light of alcoholism, or to suggest we do away with an opportunity for early detection and intervention. I am just kind of concerned about what can happen to a person's life when their own ill-advised drunken Facebook posts become the "friend" that never goes away.

Whether someone once had a challenge with chronic drinking and outgrew or overcame the behavior, someone has an active addiction to alcohol, or someone has achieved sobriety and wishes to stay sober, Facebook could make saving face harder. And people who are already dealing with addiction really don't need anything to make it worse.

Topic: Social Enterprise

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Denise Amrich is a Registered Nurse, the health care advisor for the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, and a mentor for the Virtual Campus at Florida's Brevard Community College.


Nothing in this article is meant to be a substitute for medical advice, and shouldn't be considered as such. If you are in need of medical help, please see your doctor.

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  • RE: Drunken Facebooking may become the 'friend' that won't go away

    Only a total moron would "friend" their respective employer. My friends, and I don't have that many on FB, are reserved for actual family and friends. My boss has no business being in "my business", and I would decline their friend request in a heartbeat, and then tell them why. When you truly become my friend, then I'll "friend you" on Facebook.
    wineaux
    • RE: Drunken Facebooking may become the 'friend' that won't go away

      @wineaux that's fine if you don't play the FB games, you probably are very selective of who you friend. However, those who play the FB games friend anyone if they think they'll get free gifts out of it...
      kethler
      • RE: Drunken Facebooking may become the 'friend' that won't go away

        @kethler Anyone who plays FB games have already shared all their personal information with third parties anyways, so why should they care if they friend the world. Most people don't realize that the FB games are run by companies other than FB, and have different personal information sharing policies than facebook.
        mdshann@...
  • RE: Drunken Facebooking may become the 'friend' that won't go away

    You do understand that drinking isn't the problem - its whats between the ears that cause someone to drink that is the problem.
    Bodazapha
    • RE: Drunken Facebooking may become the 'friend' that won't go away

      @Bodazapha Not quite. Drinking is fine. Drinking in excess is different. Drinking in excess and then letting the FB world know you are doing so is just stupid.

      A person's brain isn't the problem. My brain doesn't make me drink, my taste buds do. I drink because beer is a wondrous elixir of magic and deliciousness.

      Your comment is making it seem like drinking is a sin or evil.
      Bates_
      • RE: Drunken Facebooking may become the 'friend' that won't go away

        @Bates_ your brain certainly tells you to drink. the bloody drink doesn't force you to drink it.

        And I was exactly the opposite of calling drinking evil. The fact that we blame drinking rather than the psychological issues that cause people to drink in excess was my point.
        Bodazapha
      • RE: Drunken Facebooking may become the 'friend' that won't go away

        @Bates_ BEERFEST!!!
        great-ish-soul
      • RE: Drunken Facebooking may become the 'friend' that won't go away

        @Bates_
        I am sorry but I don't believe that is want the somewhat obscure statement refers to, neither are they referring to the casual drinking most people do. what is being referred to in both the article and in the comment is problem drinking. When someone is drinking to the point that it is regularly effecting their work or their relationships it is because they have issues they don't want to face. self medicating to avoid emotional pain. I know because have a big Been there Done that tee shirt to tell me so. It is the emotional pain which drives some people to drink, And noticing that it is becoming a habit for you friend to write themselves off and giving them a hand is a good thing to do before having to attend their funeral. Drinking isn't evil, But working with someone who is unreliable and hungover every morning isn't mush fun either.
        BoneLazy
    • RE: Drunken Facebooking may become the 'friend' that won't go away

      @Bodazapha
      Some Facebookers are simply dry drunks who just aren't that bright, smoke too much weed yet have little to talk about to begin with, and really don't realize that they are just playing themselves. If you think you can roll a meth user, though....you're outclassed given the fact that they have way more waking hours in the day to work your nerves online.
      great-ish-soul
  • RE: Drunken Facebooking may become the 'friend' that won't go away

    How dumb does someone have to be to talk about (and, even worse, to post pictures of) drinking and partying up a storm on Facebook?
    sissy sue
    • RE: Drunken Facebooking may become the 'friend' that won't go away

      @sissy sue Very, but there are a lot of dumb people out there...who think FB is "private" and their "personal" area... can you saw "Oops" later in life.
      ItsTheBottomLine
  • RE: Drunken Facebooking may become the 'friend' that won't go away

    When the internet first took off, there was this habit of creating an "internet handle" A false name that you used for your online presence. What a concept that was... Too bad this younger generation is much smarter (or is it more smart?)
    kethler
  • RE: Drunken Facebooking may become the 'friend' that won't go away

    Anyone who defends these "social" networking sites for privacy matters is as dumb as a stupid drunk. If you Facebook, face the world and all the resulting malice from it. Tough SH@t !!!
    partman1969@...
    • RE: Drunken Facebooking may become the 'friend' that won't go away

      @partman1969@... BINGO.
      ItsTheBottomLine
    • RE: Drunken Facebooking may become the 'friend' that won't go away

      @partman1969@... Hear, hear!
      great-ish-soul
  • RE: Drunken Facebooking may become the 'friend' that won't go away

    Here's a cool timeline photo maker I use for this - timelinestyles.com
    shashics
  • RE: Drunken Facebooking may become the 'friend' that won't go away

    our company has just introduced a social media policy and its created a bit of a stir, anyone mentions a customer in a drunken stupour or over steps the mark may forget big brother is always watching. Be careful and don't befriend your employers is the answer or is it?
    sosroofline
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