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Text-free Experiment

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This New York Times article titled “Encouraging the Text Generation to Rediscover its Voice” talks about a two day long experiment run by Riverdale Country School to live text-free. Researchers at the University of Maryland report that, “college students who swore off social media showed signs of withdrawal similar to those of drug addicts going cold turkey. So how would scores of middle-schoolers fare under the same circumstances, what with their underdeveloped frontal lobes and raging need for affirmation?”

This experiment left students appreciating texting over calling even more. One student called her mother multiple times to tell her something that was happening at school. She could tell that her mother got annoyed with her for calling too frequently, and this is why she likes texting better.

The experiment also allowed students to relax, finish their homework quicker, and had more time generally to do other things during the day.

For the most part, I think this experiment tells a lot about our society, but I do not think texting is what really distracts me from my work as much as television or the internet does, specifically Facebook.

Written by juliacapodicasa

May 13, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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