By all measures, the more social capital a college campus has, the less binge drinking there is. What’s social capital?
Researchers who study social capital often measure it with this question: “How many organizations do you belong to?”
It turns out that the more organizations you belong to — anything from a sports team, to a sorority, to the College Republicans — the less likely you are to binge drink. That is, the more you feel you belong to something meaningful the less likely you are to waste time.
This is how it works in the “real world” too, where the stakes are much higher.
Activities night is August 30th this year. Go do something meaningful.