Facebook Makes It Easier To Classroom Stalk People You Like

According to this MediaPost article, Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, a university in Brasil, is now offering enrollment in its classes in Facebook. When students register for classes, the news may be added to their newsfeed, as in “Debby Herbenick has now registered for HPER F255: Human Sexuality”. Except, of course, it would be in Portuguese and sound much sexier when read out loud.

As someone who teaches at a university, I think it’s a great idea and a way that students can help universities market their classes. Friends could click on the class link and register for the same class. Which, of course, also means that men and women could “just happen” to sign up for the same class as someone that they’re interested in, and thus have better chances to getting to meet someone, getting to know them and possibly hook up with them.

I can imagine, too, a scenario in which students can click on a Facebook class and look at the Facebook profile photos of everyone who’s registered thus far. Hot guys or girls? Fits with the schedule? Yes and yes = registration gold. I would worry, though, about classes becoming homogenous and self-selecting, with students wondering if they’re “hot enough” or “artsy enough” or “hipster enough” to enroll in a certain class rather than just registering for it, showing up the first day and finding out that people are all just people and can all get along and learn well together. And of course meet for group projects – or sex.


About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.