By Emily Pizza
Turn off your cellphones and laptops, my fellow students. The media fast is here!
The Chapel is hosting a four day media fast from any social networking sites so that students can connect with people in real life, instead of via the internet.
While the idea of spending a week away from social networking seems like a great way to get outside or participate in the outside world, it is not as ideal as it seems.
While Facebooking, tweeting, and blogging can seem to be a waste of time, it’s becoming more and more productive to spend time social networking, because of how much it has changed from merely social acting, to a way of maintaining communication.
Our lives are completely dependent on social networking in so many new ways. This is the way we communicate with family, friends, and significant others, and as a recent development, it’s how we get our news.
The decline in print journalism can, in part, be attributed to increase in internet use to find information. People have stopped spending time reading newspapers and started spending their time on social networking. News companies are now forced to distribute the news in a different way. Social networks are not just for socializing any more, but are many people get their news, especially college students.
This new media outlet has been incredibly important to students who spend all day in classes. Without using social networks to get local, national, and global news, many students would have little to no idea of what was going on beyond the K bubble. Things like printed news, television broadcasts, and word of mouth are just not as convenient or quick as being able to scroll through Twitter between classes.
When I get up in the morning, I make a bowl of oatmeal, sit down at my desk, and scroll through my Facebook newsfeed. I see posts from friends stressing out about midterms, a few pictures of the recent polar vortex, and several articles pertaining to topics such as “this week in science” or news from the protests happening in Ukraine.
For me, Facebook isn’t just about wasting time in between classes. It’s about connecting with the world.
For K students like myself, being stuck in the K bubble can seem daunting at times, and physically leaving campus every once in a while is not always possible. However, spending time on social networking sites can be a way to remember that there are things dictating what goes on in our K bubble from the outside.
While I agree that social networking leads to procrastination, (even I’m guilty of spending time scrolling through twitter when I should be writing a paper), social networking is not the devil we sometimes portray it to be. So while I agree that trying to limit the time spent on social networking sites is a good idea, I don’t think that it needs to be stopped all together, even if just for a few days. The social media fast should serve as a way to take a step back and gain greater perspective on the ways that social networks evade every aspect of our modern lives in both positive and negative ways.