Students around the world are facing, in some cases, their last week at university, with looming deadlines and essay and dissertations to submit. Many have already finished, but some like myself have until the end of this week to hand in everything they have before the scrutiny of their academic achievements are met and their degree classification is out of their hands.
So when I found out earlier today that my friend, Lauren, had almost (I suspect there was an intervention, lots of anger and then possibly acceptance) rescinded her Facebook password over to her friend as to avoid the temptation of spending all day on the site and neglecting her very important final year essays, I was not that surprised.
The ongoing debate of whether the Generation Y and today's students and youth are addicted to Facebook will go on until the cows come home, and even then, the cows will probably get brought into the discussion with their own version of opinions.
My opinion of which I was interviewed for a friend's final year film project of a Multimedia Technology degree named aptly, 'iGeneration', studied the affects of the online world on the Generation Y, is clear and relatively simple.
We are not addicted to Facebook, social networking or the instant communications we see today. It has simply become part of the natural, albeit sped up progression of how people communicate. The issue we concern ourselves with is when this access is denied and we struggle to communicate by means of which we are used to.
We do however struggle to know what to do when we can't instantly communicate with each other. Just as before the web, one might study an A-to-Z map to find driving directions; now we check on Google Maps instead. Instead of waiting for a letter sent by snail mail, we use e-mail and further our "addictions" to the BlackBerry and mobile, portable devices. The alternative options are not gone, more so hidden by far more instant and convenient methods.