Think for a second and calculate how many hours you spend on Facebook or other social media sites in a week. Now think about how many of those hours you would have otherwise used for, say, reading a book, speaking with a co-worker or friend face-to-face, or even just studying the environment around you. A recent article by Kathy Matheson of WRAL News sparks a thought in our minds about what deeper learning could be achieved without social media distractions. Her article explains how a Pennsylvania College blacks out Facebook and social media sites for staff and students on campus for one week. This one-week ban was received with a mixed bag of rebuttal, but some students and faculty change their tune after remembering what stopping to smell the roses feels like without being able to post how the roses smelled as their status two seconds later. One student explained that as a result of the ban she felt unhindered and more able to focus on her studies.

So, will it be learning and liberation? Or will it be statuses and socializing? In many ways you can’t have one without the other, but I think what Matheson is saying is we should strive for more of a balance or, if you will, social homeostasis.