It caught my eye more because I lived really close to the school for two years (so I know exactly where it is), but it's intriguing to see the responses in any case.HARRISBURG, Pa. – A central Pennsylvania technological college with fewer students than many Facebook users have friends is blacking out social media for a week.
The bold experiment at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology — which has drawn praise, criticism and even a jab on late-night TV — means students and staff can't access Facebook, Twitter or a host of other ubiquitous social networks while on campus.
Provost Eric Darr said the exercise that began Monday is not a punishment for the school's 800 students, nor a precursor to a ban, but a way for people to think critically about the prevalence of social media....
A week without Facebook? Pa. college tries it out - Yahoo! News
One complaint has been that students do use social media to set up real-life connection/communication (as part of staying in touch for projects for example), so banning it can disrupt actual efficiencies and productivity.
A complaint from the other side is that social media becomes controlling; if you stop investing, you "disappear" socially. (Which is very intriguing, although I'm not sure that this doesn't happen in real-life socializing too. FB is essentially in part a socializing platform for introverts without much investment in RL social gatherings.)
Thoughts? Feelings? Springboards?