Students Disconnect from Social Media

By: Charles House II Email
By: Charles House II Email

BRIDGEWATER -- At Bridgewater College, a group called Active Minds tried to disconnect themselves from social media for 24 hours.

More than 100 students participated, aiming to raise awareness for mental illness, including suicide prevention.

"We did an activity yesterday and into today. It was called real face time, and it was asking them to disconnect to reconnect to other students," said Randy Hook, the director of counseling services at Bridgewater College.

"It's really important for us to be able to take time to connect with each other. Upward of 80 percent of individuals who complete a suicide are not in treatment. And frankly, what we know is many of them aren't even talking to their friends, so we want to find ways to be able to break down the barriers that keep people from connecting to one another," added Hook.

"You can have 800 friends. You can comment on their status, but you see them walking out there and you pass them, and they don't say anything to you. They don't look at you; they act like they don't know you," said Bridgewater College student Brittany Prouser.

"Everybody was able to actually look each other in the face, and you're able to see facial expressions, and I feel without technology in the way, it's easier. Our generation of people could kind of, level out of technology in general and just use it as like a reward for ourselves," said student Erica Cooke.


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