The University of Science and Technology at Harrisburg last week announced that they would ban Facebook, Twitter and other social media access for a one week period. There goal? To understand how students, faculty and staff would react to the move. In other words, would students lose their minds. While the idea was interesting, most students decided to take no part in the experiement.
According to Eric Darr, the provost who created the experiment, only 10% – 15% of students have chosen to participate in the experiment and those numbers are based off his own inconclusive research. The truth of the matter is, with cell phones, off campus computers that are not connected to the schools administrative restrictions and other means of connecting to the internet, there was simply no way for the program to work as hopes. As Jimmy Fallon put it “We all have smartphones, dumbass.” It should also be mentioned that Harrisburg is “non-residential” which means students live off campus where they can access the internet at will, leaving only classroom and on-campus time restricted.