What are the most popular drinking games at colleges right now? Here's one way to figure it out: CollegeStats went through the Instagrams of college students to figure out what's really going on in the barrooms at and near colleges and universities ...
Statistics aren’t just useful in stat class. Check out this roundup, done by CollegeStats, showing the drinking games that are most prevalent across the country.
What are the most popular drinking games at colleges right now? Here’s one way to figure it out: CollegeStats went through the Instagrams of college students to figure out what’s really going on in the barrooms at and near colleges and universities across the nation. Here’s what they discovered.
Beer pong is No. 1
Beer pong is still #1. Shocker. (Getty Images)
Maybe Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute are out there tossing ping pong balls into Solo cups on Saturday nights … the second most Instagram mentions of beer pong happened to be at the University of Scranton.
But it’s not just Scranton — beer pong is the most popular drinking game overall — nearly 33% of all the Instagram posts CollegeStats looked at were about pong.
A quarter for your thoughts?
Quarters comes squealing into second place, right behind beer pong, with 20.7% of the drinking game mentions. The most quarters-happy campus is Olympic College in Washington, followed by the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken and MIT.
Drinking every minute on the hour is a thing
The most likes were on pictures that mentioned #PowerHour’ing. What exactly IS a power hour, you ask? It’s either taking a drink every minute for 60 minutes or drinking a specified number of drinks (like 10, for example) in an hour — and 17.5% of Instagram college drinking game mentions are all about it.
The most popular college drinking games — judging from Instagram posts. (CollegeStats.org)
We feel the need to mention here that we do not recommend doing #PowerHour.
Jersey Shore: Round Two?
The students at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken seem to love drinking games. A drinking game was mentioned 13.7 times in every 1,000 posts in the area, making it the “booziest college city” on Instagram. But Rutgers and the Savannah College of Art and Design aren’t too far behind.
The CollegeStats list of “America’s Booziest College Cities.” (CollegeStats.org)
Looks like the Southerners and the Northerners agree when it comes to drinking games
Although the East Coast schools seem to top the charts with their drinking games posts, the schools further down the coast aren’t too far behind. From Rhode Island and Pennsylvania to Texas and Georgia, the college student drinking game obsession isn’t necessarily an anomaly.
Flip cup comes in at #3. (CollegeStats.org)
Drinking games aren’t just for the continental U.S.
Drinking games appeared quite a bit on the Instagrams of college students in Hawaii, putting it in 4th place for the most number of drinking game mentions, following New York, Illinois and California.
New York is way ahead of the other top 5 states for drinking games. (CollegeStats.org)
If you hashtagged it, they saw it
The hashtags #BeerPong, #BeerOlympics, #BeerRoulette, #3man, #ThreeMan, #Drinkapalooza, #DrinkingGames, #DrunkJenga, #Edward40Hands, #EdwardFortyHards, #FlipCup, #KingsCup, #PowerHour, & #Quarters were all used in the study.
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Susannah Hutcheson is a Texas A&M student and a USA TODAY College digital producer.
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