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

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

Rodriguez says that deputies even use social media to locate popular spring break hangouts. On the flipside however, with just one post, breakers can warn their friends of police proximity.

"These past two years have been noticeably stricter than we as locals have ever been used to," said Harrison . "I sent many of texts, phone calls, and messages to my friends regarding where the police are posted at. A warning call can be the difference between my friends having to spend hundreds of dollars over a minor in possession charge or even booked to jail."

When the party's over and co-eds have to go back to school, the fun they shared online can follow them longer than they'd like. Nowadays, it's common for employers to view a potential candidate's Facebook page to look for incriminating information, which is why Harrison stays relatively quiet online.

"Spring break is traditionally filled with your house and condo parties on the beach with an abundance of underage drinking," he said. "The idea of posting these pictures for the internet to see is not a novel one, but a popular one indeed. Although many do not find it a big issue with posting these photos now, their real issues might come in to play in five years when the job/career search begins."  




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