College Blacks Out Twitter, Facebook

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A tiny university in central Pennsylvania is making waves with a bold experiment: blacking out social media for a week.
That means students and staff at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology can't access Facebook, Twitter or a host of other social networks while on campus.
Provost Eric Darr says the blackout that began Monday is not a punishment or an effort to ban the sites. He says it's a way to evaluate the role of social media in people's lives.
Some students say the exercise is helping them focus in class. Others say they text-message instead or use the blocked sites off campus.
The experiment has drawn both praise and derision from the Twitterverse, blogosphere and academia.

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  • by Cathy Location: Reading on Sep 16, 2010 at 10:11 AM
    I agree - we are living in a world of TOO MUCH INFORMATION and the things that these kids post and broadcast I would have NEVER made so public when I was in high school or college. If I needed to tell someone something, I called them. And that was AFTER class. Nothing was so important I had to tell somebody IMMEDIATELY DURING CLASS!
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Sep 16, 2010 at 09:10 AM
    Good. Mom and Dad aren't paying for kids to play on Facebook and Twitter anyways.
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