For years, there's been this concern that using the internet is somehow "less social" than talking to people through other media. Even though the internet is a communications medium that allows people to talk with people they never would have met otherwise, there's this view that sitting at the computer is a "loner" experience and the people that you talk to online are somehow "virtual" rather than what they really are: real people sitting at another computer. So, it's probably not that surprising that administrators at a top Indian engineering school are blaming this internet isolation for having depressed anti-social students even if there's no real evidence that it's the internet that's at fault. Still, the school has decided as a solution that it will be turning off internet access in dorm rooms from 11pm to 12:30pm each day, hoping that this will (a) cause students to get more sleep and (b) force them to socialize with each other. Of course, there doesn't seem to be any consideration for the idea that they might be using the internet for educational purposes as well, but when you're blaming the internet for all sorts of problems, it's easy to skip over the benefits it brings. Once again, though, this seems like a "blame the internet" effort rather than looking at some of the core issues that may be causing students to feel depressed and anti-social.
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