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Weeklong woes without social media

Sager is a sophomore magazines major and can be contacted at sarah.sager@drake.edu.

A week without social media seemed like the perfect assignment — simple and to the point. Little did I know that I would become the world’s biggest creeper trying to figure out what people were saying online. Most professors think social media is distracting — I actually found it more difficult to focus in classes.

Chris Snider, instructor of practice in multimedia, has changed his philosophy when it comes to phones and social media in class.

“Why fight it as long as it’s not a distraction?” Snider said.

Fun fact: 90 percent (possible exaggeration) of students have a social media site up during class. To curb my boredom, I resorted to counting bricks in the Meredith lecture halls. I contemplated what color to paint my nails next, how much homework I had to do, judged people for what they were looking at on their computer screens and resented every student in the room for looking at the very sites I had given up.

“I cringe when people say they are giving up Twitter for Lent,” Snider said. “If it is a part of your life, how do you give it up?”

Any time someone mentioned a tweet, I wanted to know what they were talking about — who said what, when, huh? I felt like I had been cut off from the creative world. My only savior was Marvel’s free lunchtime comic. Of course, the website wouldn’t always load on Drake’s Wi-Fi, but it was something.

Beyond a cure for boredom, I also missed social media for the more interesting news tidbits. Sure, I could go to CNN.com or huffingtonpost.com. But when I have five minutes to see what is going on in the world, the front page of a website isn’t always going to give me all of the information I need. I missed the quick and informative tweets my news sources gave me on Twitter.

The only reason I missed Facebook was because of George Takei’s photo posts, which are hilarious. Takei is an actor from the original “Star Trek” series. I had been introduced to Pinterest a few weeks before giving it up — I assume giving it up later would have been a lot like giving up coffee — absolutely terrible. And luckily I hadn’t fallen in love with Tumblr at the time I gave up social media.

In his social media class, Snider stresses that students should stop talking about themselves on sites and should start talking about what other people are doing.

I really wanted to use the sites, but more out of habit. It was like wearing my watch every day for a week and then not wearing it the next day. I could tell something was missing.

Sarah’s tweets that would have been:

“Two (awake) hours into my week without social media and I miss my Twitter account.”

“Ya know that song ‘Danny Boy’? I want to adapt it to be a song I can sing to my Twitter account, I miss you so.”

“Editing someone’s paper and they used the correct ‘complement.’”

“Anonymous: I have serial killer handwriting.”

“Pop + Keyboard: Surprisingly not a match made in heaven.”

“I wonder if my Apple warranty covers the cleaning of a sticky keyboard.”

“I can’t think of anything I would have wanted to tweet. Sad.”


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