A college is switching off all its social media channels for a number of days for example to encourage its college students to strive their very own “digital detox”.
De Montfort College, in Leicester, needs to focus on how “unrestrained social media use” might be dangerous to the psychological well being of younger individuals.
The college operates 9 completely different social media channels, together with Fb, Snapchat and Instagram.
Vice-chancellor Prof Dominic Shellard says he’ll cease utilizing Twitter.
“In conversations I’ve had with college students, I have been actually struck by the diploma to which their over-engagement on social media is having a detrimental impression on their psychological well being,” mentioned Prof Shellard.
“They do not wish to come off social media utterly however they do wish to recalibrate their relationship with social media.”
Psychological well being worries
On Wednesday, 16 January, the college will cease utilizing its vary of social media accounts and put them on maintain till Monday.
That day is typically referred to as Blue Monday, with claims that it’s the most miserable day of the 12 months, and the intention is to warn that an overuse of social media might be unhealthy for college students’ well-being.
However additionally it is after the deadline for college functions – with universities now utilizing social media as a means of recruiting college students.
Throughout the days when social media is switched off, there shall be a spread of bodily actions being promoted, reminiscent of free health club lessons.
The library will attempt to encourage college students to go in to take a look at printed books, slightly than studying on-line.
Researchers on the college have examined using digital expertise.
“The important thing good thing about doing a digital detox is that it’s going to spotlight to individuals simply how a lot time they spend on social media and maybe provoke them to ask why,” mentioned Lee Hadlington, affiliate professor in cyber-psychology.
“This may give individuals the possibility to discover what kind of issues that they’re lacking out on when they’re engaged in social media and can encourage them to interact with individuals head to head.”
However it’s going to imply breaking some habits.
“I’ve realised increasingly that out of intuition I attain for my telephone and go straight to social media after I activate my pc,” mentioned media pupil, Alice Arnold.