To connect itself continuously to social networks can increase stress and aggravate the personal relations. After prohibiting the use of Facebook, Twitter, instantaneous mail and other average ones during one week, the U. of Harrisburg, in Pensilvania, it said that the technology had been hiding some traps. ” The students realized which the social means, especially Facebook and the instantaneous mail, if they are not used of appropriate way, can appropriate his vidas” , he said Eric Darr, dean of the faculty. The university, of 800 students, decided to impose the prohibition to observe how the life of the students and the teaching staff affected the technology.The majority of the students fulfilled the experiment of one week of realised duration east month and some discovered that the technology could control its lives. Darr mentioned a student who felt the necessity to enter Facebook 21 hours the day and blocked the entrance of new publications between the two and the five in the morning to sleep a little. ” it sounds adiccin” , it said Darr, impeller of the technological blackout that was applied by means of the blockade of the access of social means to direction IP of the university.
Darr recognized that the students and professors who felt the necessity to feed their addiction social means could have continued doing it through their advanced movable telephones, but said that the majority had obeyed and that some pleasingly were surprised and so there were shortage. ” The majority of the students behaved like the smokers who escape after class for fumar” , it said. ” They wanted to escabullir itself to watch things in his smartphones” , it added. But some of them discovered that estresados when not counting on the possibility felt less constantly of reading the states of their friendly in Facebook and of seeing that they had more time to make other things. Other students saw themselves themselves ready more to be in person with other students or professors with whom normally only they communicated through social means.
The student Amanda Zuck said that much Facebook did not use, but that at the outset was a little molesta” by not being able to use the page Web. Zuck wrote in an electronic mail that did not see great advantages in the project for her, but added that probably it had helped a friend who she considered addict to Facebook. The project allowed all the members of the university to reflect on the way in which the social means affected their lives. ” Only stopping to us and paying attention we can entenderlo” , Darr said. ” We can even not be conscious of the important paper that plays social means in which we do and how hacemos” , it added. Harrisburg is first university that directs an experiment like this, which probably it would not be possible to realise in greater academic institutions and with one more a more complex infrastructure, according to Darr. The project originated the protests of some people, who sent post office electronic arguing that was infringing its freedom of expression, the dean added. Although the results of the study still are being analyzed, seem to conclude that the social means would have to be used like the old model of interpersonal communication. ” To combine the personal encounter with the relations through Facebook is probably the way correcto” , Darr said.