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Social networks = student stress

October 18, 2010 by Jacob Hawley
Posted in: In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views, Student Life, Tech News, Uncategorized

Students may be a tech-savvy generation – but that doesn’t mean they have to like it. 

Undergrads have a complicated relationship with their social media technology, found a joint poll conducted by the Associated Press and mtvU.

According to 2,207 students at 40 colleges:

  • 40% say they have at least 500 friends on Facebook – but hardly interact with most of them
  • 25% said they’d feel relief if they shut off their cellphones and computers,
  • 60% said they’d be confused if someone failed to respond immediately to a text, and
  • 57% said a social-media blackout would increase their stress levels.

College counselors see these numbers as a sign that mental health services need to catch up to student needs. The recommendation: Counseling centers should do more to promote personal interaction among students.

That doesn’t necessarily mean turning off the computer. One suggestion included notifying students of a flash-mob event via the counseling center’s Facebook page.

How do you think students can learn to cope with social network overload? Let us know in the comments section, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!

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