Students in residence at Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg University of Science and Technology have an unusual assignment. They are banned from all social media for one week, outside of email. That means no Twitter updates from class and no Facebook status checks during lunch break.
The university has enforced this ban in an effort to show students not only how much they rely on technology, but how much they take it for granted. Social networking has become such an integral part of life that students often forget it's still a luxury to have such easy access.
While the university can't completely take away this access (the sites are only blocked on all computers on the campus network), it can still make a statement by temporarily inconveniencing students enough to seek another outlet for social networking.
This, of course, begs the question. What would happen if you went a week without access to social networking sites? Would you finish the week with flying colors or fail miserably?