University Bans Facebook, Twitter for a Week
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What's it like to go cold turkey on Facebook? Do you get the DTs? Is there a detox program for that?
One higher education institution is about to find out, providing its students with a forced intervention. The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Harrisburg, Pa., is enforcing a week-long social media blackout this week for all students who live on campus, National Public Radio reports.
Students are forbidden from using instant messaging, Twitter and Facebook, and all online communication is limited to e-mail. According to an interview with NPR, Provost Eric Darr wants students to step away from their laptops and smart phones long enough to mull over the impact technology has on their daily lives.
"Often, there are behaviors or habits, ways that we use technology, that we may ourselves not even be able to articulate because we're not aware of them," Darr tells NPR.
Once the blackout ends, students will be asked to write essays about their time away from social media.
How is the ban being enforced? Simple: The campus network is blocking access to the social sites. Students with smart phones and those who live off campus are on the honor system, but can still update their statuses and tweet.
"If someone feels the need to borrow their friend's phone to go check (Facebook), it'll be interesting to ask the question at the end of the week: Why did you feel the need to do that? What compelled you to do that?" Darr tells NPR.
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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.