A social spring break: How the internet plays into the party

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 03:24 PM.

Thanks to social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, spring break has longevity. Sharing photos and updates of where you are not only keeps an online timeline of your trip, but keeps the excitement of a carefree spring break alive.

There are even accounts dedicated to reporting solely on spring break news: where the parties are and where to stay.

On Twitter, search the words "spring break" and most of the accounts are linked to Panama City 's famous spring break. But as South Walton grows in spring break popularity, it has garnered more attention online too. Both Twitter accounts, Seaside Make outs (@SeasideHookupss) and Springbreakcountdown (@SB2K14countdow) have a photo of the Obe Pavilion in Seaside as their avatars.

While some students aim to vacation in new territories, Johnny Harrison Jr., 20, sports management major at University of Florida , looks forward to coming home to South Walton every spring break.

"It is truly one of the most unique places in Florida , let alone the United States ," he said. "We are home to the nicest beaches in Florida . You also have the opportunity to drive a short stretch to Panama City Beach and experience the wild spring break atmosphere or you can stay local on 30A and just relax with yards of sand to yourself."

While Harrison does not consider himself and over-sharer on the internet, he keeps up with several social media platforms and utilizes them while on vacation.

"They allow me to keep up with who is in town visiting and where they might be for the day," he said.

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