Addicted to Social Media?

26 Apr

Perhaps “addicted” is too strong a word to describe students’ attachment to their usual means of making digital connections with the online world of information … but an interesting study out of the University of Maryland suggests that “going without media meant, in their world, going without their friends and family.”

“Students expressed tremendous anxiety about being cut-off from information,” observed Ph.D. student Raymond McCaffrey, a former writer and editor at The Washington Post, and a current researcher on the study. “One student said he realized that he suddenly ‘had less information than everyone else, whether it be news, class information, scores, or what happened on Family Guy.”

“They care about what is going on among their friends and families and even in the world at large,” said McCaffrey. ” But most of all they care about being cut off from that instantaneous flow of information that comes from all sides and does not seemed tied to any single device or application or news outlet.”

Check out this news story (and the actual study), and see what you think!

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