In further distressing news for the current generation of beleaguered undergraduates, a survey by the student offers site StudentBeans has revealed that 11 percent of students rate Facebook as the "most important thing in their life at university". That's 1 percent higher than the figure for sex, and possibly the most shameful thing PC Advisor has heard all year.
But technology in general saw even higher ratings, with an astonishing 24 percent of student voters naming their mobile phone as the most important thing in what they referred to as their life.
"The Student Sex Survey 2011 also found that technology plays a large part in the relationships of university students," the site reported. "One fifth (20 percent) of respondents have been dumped by text message, 8 percent have had a relationship ended via an instant message such as BlackBerry messenger or MSN, whilst 4 percent have been dumped via Facebook."
Oliver Brann, editor of studentbeans.com, commented: "It's no surprise that mobile phones and Facebook are deemed more important than sex - they're probably the biggest things since sex! They are the runaway phenomena of our age, and will often play a crucial role in mediating the routes to friendships, dating and sex for students."
Full survey results can be viewed here: The Student Sex Survey 2011 - the results