Posts Tagged ‘culture’

The University of Montevallo is unique in a lot of ways.  We have college night, cherished brick roads, and countless battalions of squirrels.  But that’s not the only thing that stands out here.  As you get to know the campus, you cannot help but notice the unusually high density of openly homosexual students.  It is a little phenomenon in Alabama, like an oasis amidst a desert of heated intolerance.



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A great topic of conversation/debate that was brought up in class, a few weeks ago, was this idea that Facebook and other social networking sites influence our lives — possibly too much.  Furthermore, there was a more specific idea that there is this culture — predominately younger — that identifies themselves and others by these websites. Michael Hernandez a CNN writer addresses a few of the many standards that this culture utilizes in his article “How do you know your love is real? Check Facebook.” Basically, Hernandez reports a handful of interviews with college students across America. He provides both opinions of this concept that the relationship status option on Facebook solidifies relationships. Hernandez provides college students personal testimonies regarding relationships and Facebook as well as common stereotypes they share and do not agree with.


One of the common beliefs with this culture of Facebook users is that their relationship does not have the same significance if it is not “Facebook Official” — aka FBO for you hipsters out there. This term, FBO, has a meaning that is beyond its simple three letters and Chris Neal, a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, explains this ambiguous concept: “When it’s listed on Facebook it’s public knowledge,” he said. “Guys won’t try to come get with a girl in a relationship and girls won’t come to get with a guy. It’s like marking your territory.” Mr. Neal brings up an exceptional point here that begins to illuminate this FBO nonsense — the relationship status is just a way to “mark your territory.” The relationship status has cured the social cancer — that awkward situation when you do not know if that guy or girl is in a relationship, right? Wrong. Further in Hernandez’s article is a story of Ashley Shinn, a 22-year-old from the University of North Texas, where she was unaware that she was in a relationship until asked to confirm it via Facebook. She explains, “We didn’t talk about it, then we kissed and then that night he sent me that request,” on Facebook, she said. “Without discussing it. I was like, ‘Oh, OK, I guess.'” It seems that Facebook does not fully rid that malignant tumor of awkwardness… However, it can help create it.

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