Given this semester’s class project (at least for one of the classes) as well as both classes’ interest in technology, this report may be of interest to some of you. Reposted from Digitized.
Good reports on a study recently published by the University of Maryland’s International Center for Media & the Public Affairs (ICMPA) and the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change, where they decided to see if we could shut off all the media and technology around us:
Researchers asked 1,000 students at a dozen universities in ten countries on five continents to abstain from any kind of media consumption—no TV, no smartphone games, no Twitter or Facebook, and no instant messaging—for 24 hours, and then write about how they felt. A majority confessed that they actually couldn’t complete the challenge. Even a few hours without access to media made American students feel, “like an addict,” and like they were “going crazy. One even wrote, “I was itching, like a crackhead, because I could not use my phone.” (CrackBerry, indeed!)