“Students at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology found themselves forbidden from using the Facebook social networking website at the start of the new semester as part of a week-long experiment.

Eric Darr, provost and executive vice-president of the Pennsylvania university, was inspired to initiate the project after witnessing his own daughter’s avid use of social media. He said that the aim was to make people think about how they used social media rather than encouraging staff and students to ditch the technology altogether.

“It was never about blocking access; it is about focusing attention on the use of social media,” he explained. “That is the bigger goal – not to get people to stop using Facebook, but to think about how they use it and how they can use it in a smarter way.””

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