College Students Give up Facebook for Lent

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

It's something that many of us use to keep in touch with people, but based on what scientists are saying, can actually harm social skills.

Studies show that social networks like Facebook are causing shorter attention spans, and that's especially true for college students.

"Sarah writes on my wall like every day, because she knows I gave it up for lent," Laura Finck, a college student, said.

Finck is an avid Facebook user.

"To the point where I'm like this hasn't changed it the past 20 minutes. Why am I checking this?," she said.

That is exactly why she's attempting to live without it.

"I'm kind of giving it up to use that time to do homework or something else," Finck said.

And she's not the only one banning Facebook for 40 days.

"It's hard! Yesterday, subconsciously I almost went to Facebook on my phone, so I think the first week is gonna be tough," Chike Akah, a college student, said.

Giving up Facebook isn't an easy task. After all, just a few key strokes and you have instant communication.

"I always gotta check who's on-line because I have friends who go to other colleges," Jim Smith, a college freshman, said.

Smith uses the site as a communication tool, but says his cyber social life is distracting him from other parts of his life.

"Sometimes when we get our laptops out in class, I'll like check my Facebook real fast," he said.

"It definitely had an adverse effect on my classwork, because you're looking on your phone instead of listening what the professors say. Facebook, if you let it, can take over your lives," Akah said.

As people spend more time talking with their fingers, and less face to face communication.

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  • by Kate Location: Vienna on Feb 27, 2009 at 03:34 PM
    I agree with Magoo.
  • by Magoo Location: Vienna on Feb 27, 2009 at 01:16 PM
    The people at the fast food place? Those are most likely not the best and brightest of our youth to begin with. Facebook and texting has nothing to do with the fact that the person taking your order today at McDonalds will probably be the same person taking your order at Wendys in 10 years. I am "older". 29. I probably send 2k texts a month and spend 50% of my day at work combing over Facebook. I can also carry on a very educated and lengthy conversation, just like most of the people I text or talk to on Facebook. Sorry I must go now. Facebook to check and texts to send. =)
  • by really? Location: Williamstown on Feb 27, 2009 at 10:30 AM
    why do they need to save their feet???? SOLE? I think you meant SOUL....maybe YOUR schools didn't teach you much either.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2009 at 07:02 AM
    Todays young people have NO social skills at all. With facebook and texting, they can't hold a verbal conversation to save their sole. Just observe the young person taking your order at the fast food place. No eye contact, no listening skills and if it weren't for the cash register, they can't count your change back. The schools(high school & college) are not teaching them the skills they need to survive in todays world.
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