Harrisburg University plans social media blackout
All across the country, professors of all types are launching science-fair-like experiments into what would happen if students were deprived of their social media fix. Usually it's a voluntary experiment.
But starting Monday, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Pennsylvania will block all social networking sites on the campus network, including Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and AOL Instant Messenger, Inside Higher Ed reported.
Apparently, only a handful of people on campus knew about the plan -- until Inside Higher Ed reported on it Thursday. Charles Palmer, an associate professor at the college, told the Web site that students won't be the only ones irked by the plan.
"The students will be upset, but I believe a number of faculty will be upset, too, even knowing what type of experiment we're running," Palmer says. "I know we're going to get people saying, 'I know that you're going to excuse this thing I'm doing, right? Like the grant I'm working on, that's at a crucial moment?' "
Some similar past experiments could give Harrisburg administrators an idea of what to expect. At the University of Maryland this spring, about 200 students gave up all technology-related socializing and a few reported withdrawal symptoms.
In May, a group of Washington Post reporters did the same thing and recorded their experiences on the Story Lab blog.
To read the full Inside Higher Ed story, click here.
September 9, 2010; 2:39 PM ET
Categories: Networking | Tags: Facebook, Harrisburg, Twitter
Save & Share: Previous: Dear Frosh: I wish I expanded my social circle
Next: Dear Frosh: I am so glad I studied abroad
Posted by: Perry3 | September 9, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Wander099 | September 14, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse