09/16/2010 // Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Pennsylvania – A Pennsylvania college is testing out forgoing Facebook and other social media for a week. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is undergoing an experiment to study the prevalence of social media, which entails no use of it by its 800 students or staff members.
Student Ashley Harris, 22, is quoted by the AP as stating of the freedom that will be gained from the temporary exercise, “I feel obligated to check my Facebook. I feel obligated to check my Twitter. Now I don’t… I can just solely focus.”
Adam Ostrow, editor-in-chief of the social media news site Mashable.com, is further quoted as stating of the relevance of social media sites like Facebook for college students in their day to day activities, “You really can’t disconnect people from it in the long run without creating some real inefficiencies and backlash.”
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