USU Academic Senate asks students to step away from social networking

Students are encouraged to spend less time using social networking sites this week in hopes of helping them realize how much time this activity takes from being productive in other ways.Unplugged Week was created by the ASUSU Academic Senate to do just this. Senate members want students to not only disconnect from social networking, but realize what other kinds of distractions are keeping them from their school work.Tanner Wright, Academic Senate president, said the idea has been in the works for a few months and all the academic senators are involved.”We aren’t trying to put a negative light on Facebook, we just want students to acknowledge how much time they spend on it when they could be doing other things,” Wright said.College of Natural Resources Senator Jason Carlisle said when the idea was initially discussed they went into classrooms and talked to students to see if they would be on board with the idea. He said people seemed to recognize that they had an “open dependence on these things and wanted to explore other options and see what kind of impacts the usage of these things have on them.”The problem is in the computer labs, library and classrooms that allow laptops, Wright said, where students are more often than not on Facebook rather than studying or listening to their professors. He said social media has obviously revolutionized the way students interact with others and addiction to technology and social media is not healthy.

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