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Social networking jamming up university public PC's

Students from Bournemouth University have vocalised their concerns, as well as another hundred thousand who haven't spoken, about the university library and public machines which are being used to access Facebook and Twitter.As I've experienced, you can second-guess when the off-peak times will be, attempt to find a computer to do research and find a dozen or so people using Facebook.
Written by Zack Whittaker, Contributor on
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Students from Bournemouth University have vocalised their concerns, as well as another hundred thousand who haven't spoken, about the university library and public machines which are being used to access Facebook and Twitter.

As I've experienced, you can second-guess when the off-peak times will be, attempt to find a computer to do research and find a dozen or so people using Facebook.

The problem stems from machines not being as restricted as they would be in an ordinary schooling environment. Because students need greater access to more materials and a larger range of sites to accomplish their goals, it's almost impossible to police which sites students go on.

Blocking Facebook at work only seems to have a negative effect on people in a work environment.

A report from the BBC suggests some machines are dedicated to purely academic work, but as I've pointed out many times before, Facebook is a legitimate form of communicating and collaborating with people.

What's your take?

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