Posted: Sep 16, 2010 9:05 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Updated: Sep 16, 2010 9:06 AM
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.