What if you shut down your computer, turned off your cell phone, hid your TV remote - and just unplugged for a day? A week?
For most people - students in particular - the idea drums up a sense of panic, misery, impossibility, even.
But professors at the U and at colleges and universities around the country are assigning students to do just that, as a lesson in life before technology. One professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication asked students to unplug from all of the above, including Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets, for five days - an assignment met with varying degrees of enthusiasm and success that you can read about in the Star Tribune.
Interestingly, a new study shows that students in these no-media experiments actually show withdrawal symptoms -- anxiety, misery, and being jittery - common in drug and alcohol addicts.
Does that mean we're overusing media? Or that our society can't - and shouldn't - go without it?