Historiann/ has an interesting post up about excessive drinking and partying on college campuses based on a segment on This American Life. She says:
Instead of seeing graduation from college as an exciting beginning of their
lives as free adults who can explore the world, establish themselves in their
chosen fields, and/or engage in creative projects, it’s just the first blow of
the work whistle they’ll be waking up to for the rest of their lives.
I think this to be pretty interesting and a symptom of a culture where we’re always expected to seek peak enjoyment. There’s a pressure to have fun and enjoy our youth and exceptions (like Historiann, and some of the commenters) who looked forward to some of the elements of adulthood are dismissed.
But then, I don’t get out a lot myself, probably because I dance like this guy at 1:15.