My philosophy teacher in the senior adult class that the State of California provides for us old folks, told us about what happens during breaks in his junior college classes (where most students are somewhere in their late teens or early twenties). They don't talk to each other any more as we did when we were in school. No, they whip out their cell phones and check email, text and so forth. Our class of older adults found that rather sad.
In that vein Tim Challies writes at the Boundless blog about what would happen to university students if they didn't use any meida for 24 hours. No TV, Facbook, radio, Internet, etc. The students thought they probably could. A experiment was set up for 1,000 university students to do just that. So could they do what they thought they could do?
Challies reports what happened,
The students who participated in this study learned that in the midst of all of their e-mailing and Facebooking and text messaging they are actually sad and lonely. All this time they had thought they were forming deep and meaningful friendships. But as their phones and computers were taken away, as they unplugged, they quickly saw that most of their friendships, and even the friendships they thought most significant, were trite, ethereal. When media was taken away and the students had to spend a day outside the glare of their screens, they found that face-to-face interaction was difficult and unnatural. They longed to have their devices back in their hands so they could discuss this strange discovery.
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