Want to waste money on Facebook?
“Laptops are detrimental to learning,” Matt Bonzo, associate professor of philosophy, said.
Many professors do not let students use their laptops anymore, but Bonzo allows open laptops in class to instill responsibility in his students, he said.
You wake up early and the only thing you can think about is sleep.
Your phone says it is 7:45 a.m., but you’re not quite sure. Your eyes aren’t all the way open yet.
The cold blast of winter air rushes in and invades your ears and neck and any exposed skin.
Sleep seems to be pushed out and makes room for shivering.
Your 8 a.m. class seems daunting, but at least you got to class eight minutes early. Facebook pops up on the most visited list on Google Chrome, so you click on it.
You have six new notifications. Eight minutes isn’t enough time to check and comment on all of them and update your status to: “Sleep deprived. Why did I take this early class?”
Then you realize that your professor lets you have your laptop open in class. You promise to get off after you’re done.
You look up and everyone is leaving because it’s 9:30 a.m., and class is over.
You close your laptop with Facebook still open on your browser and think as you pass through the classroom door that that class was productive.
Facebook in class is not only time-consuming, addictive and bad on your eyes. It’s rude and disrespectful toward your professor.
Bonzo had accountability groups in one of his classes last semester. Students would make sure their friends weren’t on Facebook or other sites.
Bonzo is one of the few professors that allows laptops in class, but is still open and frank about his position on Facebook in class.
Responsibility is still a part of college, though, and Bonzo wants students to learn that for themselves.
Most students are paying about $10,400 for each semester of undergraduate studies, assuming most are in the 12-17 credit range.
An average student probably takes 15 credits per semester.
Taking into account how much tuition and a three credit class is, a student pays about $70 for each hour he wastes on Facebook.
That is enough to go to almost nine nighttime movies. It buys one and a half Cedar Point tickets or one good concert ticket.
Junior Seth Mathews doesn’t use his laptop often in class when it’s allowed, but he still said that you could probably get by in the class without paying attention all the time.
Now this may be true, but what about learning from class sessions so that success is possible after graduation.
Being on Facebook every once in a while is not going to mean death to your future career, but if you don’t stay off for your own benefit, do it for the professors.
It’s quite irritating when someone interrupts a conversation for a text message.
If you don’t want $70, there’s always charity.