Students of the popular site thestudentroom.co.uk added to the discussion in light of this experiment; most believing they could find other things to do, but self-imposing a time limit of what would be deemed an acceptable amount of time offline.
As a young person who invests heavily in the online communities to keep in touch with friends but also the news for my job, web access and technology is greatly important to me. Yet last Sunday, the broadband at home kicked out because of a line fault and I was left without access for the best part of half a day.
So it is worth thinking about. Perhaps the new student intake this year, considered more Generation Z than Y, would have had a greater effect upon them if they were without computer or media access than someone like me who is a tad older.
But the argument that students who were not as exposed to online media before university as say, students who are starting university now or in the next few years, have had the technology 'addiction' perpetuated by necessary access to the evolutionary technological developments to existing university resources.
It probably wouldn't hold up as a basis for a doctoral thesis, but I am still of the opinion that this 'addiction' to social media, technology and the web is a social construction created by adults and the Generation X.