Phone call today - DS in lowest spirit since we dropped him off. Is anyone else experiencing this tone this week? INDOC adrenaline rush is over, school has started, and they have laptops with access to internet. They got to sleep in until 8am this morning...inter-company football on agenda for fun today...So, just when you think they're adjusting, you discover their in a major emotional slump - and this kid is almost never "down"... I'm just wondering if the whole "Facebook" thing actually helps or hurts their efforts to acclimate to the Academy way of life...I know they think it's a lifeline to the outside world, but I'm thinking that lifeline is only making it more difficult. All that contact with friends on the outside who aren't "in prison" (his words, not mine) seems to bring them (him) down. Phone call ended strained. Since he had phone privileges for entire day, I sent text message of encouragement - yada, yada ,yada... But geeze! I left for Basic Training (no academy there...lol) and then 6mo technical school and didn't have any contact with my parents for about 9 months other than letters and an occasional phone call - which was never "scheduled". True, I was several years older when I enlisted, and perhaps that's the biggest difference, but I think we've all gone soft and have been coddled with the d*^%$ internet. I know DS would be want to scream if/when they revoke the Facebook prividedge, but I'm thinking it may help the "Esprit de Corps"