A research team at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication put 48 college students on a “complete and extended media fast for 48 hours.” More cruelly, it required them to write “multiple-page essays” about their experiences.
Among the reactions, shared in a press release about the study, called “Turn Off Everything: The Challenges and Consequences of Going on a Complete and Extended Media Fast”:
“I felt immensely powerless and almost naked because I couldn’t use any media.”
“With no books, magazines, movies, newspapers, radio or Internet I felt like half a person.”
“Without the media, I was forced to talk with people directly more often…. Word of mouth and face-to-face dialogue became much more important, given that I had no real sources to consult anymore.”
But wait! Don’t cancel any planned trips to The Hague, guys; humanity may yet forgive your crimes: “I realized there were so many more things to do then just sit on my ass and be consumed by the media,” one wrote.