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Is It Possible to Survive College without Social Media?

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What’s the longest time you’ve been without social media? A few minutes? A few hours? Or maybe a few months? It’s hard to believe, but in our super digital age I met a student from NY who has gone without a profile on Facebook for about a year.

To be honest, college can be the most sociable period of students’ life. How would you know without Facebook when your BFF birthday is? How would you be invited to a noisy party? How could you stay in touch with classmates or friends from abroad? How would you get to know who of your kindergarten mates now have two or more kids?

Social media as a tool made the societies all around the globe extra connected and most college and university learners wouldn’t consider avoiding it at such social and communicable period of their lives. However, using social media is not a requirement at college. So, the students have a right to decide on their own whether they need to use social media or not.

“I have all rights to have a totally private life. So, don’t feel any need to report everyone about it,” says Kathy Moster, 22, a student at the University of Chicago, who has never used any kind of social platforms like Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. In spite of all social media benefits, Moster is largely unconcerned. “Facebook or any other social platform was just never something that interested me.”

A social experiment: my days without the internet

Amanda Barkley, 24, stopped using Facebook and Instagram after breaking up with her boyfriend. During her second year at the North Carolina State University, she suddenly found his new relationship via Instagram. “I began to feel a little bit worried concerning the social media because they contain too many personal details,” she mentioned.

Sophia Boucher, 18, decided to abandon Facebook in 2012 when she was 15 years old. "I was utterly bored of futile scrolling through the newsfeed. Moreover, I also felt worry about my personal data. As for me, this social media is all about hype around the life of people. Due to these convictions, I deleted my Facebook profile and didn’t regret a thing."

Linda Simard, 21, "Someone would ask: How do you and stay in touch with others? For my first week of studying at the University of Texas at Austin, I was treated like a social outsider. Ignorance is bliss. Also, it has been the reason for some awkward situations. For example, felt preterhuman shamelessness just before my B-Day. Every week before this significant date, I had to remind my friends: Hey, guys! It’s my birthday next Friday. Any sign of affection would be excellent: a hug, a birthday card, sweets…. It’s a bitter true of life. Everyone excepts your granny, forgets about your red-letter day if you don’t have a Facebook account! But, anyway, I don't miss it, because this is what distinguishes me from others," she added. (Read here also: 6 Things That Define Life In US Colleges)

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However, nowadays all things changed. Jean Payne, 23, "I was offered several great writing projects that required me to sign up on Facebook and Twitter. Like every normal person with ambitions, I didn’t want to miss this incredible opportunity. So, I logged back on. Most students dream of a prosperous career, and social platforms have elevated this process to an absolutely new level. By avoiding social media, I gained a strong connection with reality and self-confidence. By now my media-free life has ended. However, I still have these personal traits."