In fact, many students complained about how plugged-in their lifestyle has become. Several shared with us that they turn off the cell phone at certain times during their day, even if they’re reluctant to do so. Some welcome the times when family “rules” prohibit the use of cell phones, computers, TVs, etc. at gatherings or dinnertime. And a few students agreed that they really don’t like being so accessible all the time, and resent when friends feel slighted if they don’t get a reply within minutes of a text message.
A handful of students said they’re actually looking forward to the Week Without the Web. They confess they may not be able to comply completely, but they’re going to, at very least, experiment. I’m thrilled and surprised there’s a recognition of the down side to the omnipresent technology. Maybe there’s still hope that we humans won’t lose our need to interact face-to face after all. Your thoughts?