In withdrawal. Miserable. Frantically craving. Anxious. Extremely antsy. Jittery.
That was how University of Maryland students described what it was like to be without social media.
Asked to spend 24 hours without it, many found they couldn’t. Most caved in to what researchers realized is basically an addiction.
This probably comes as no surprise to anyone who came of age in the time of Facebook. For good or bad, social media plays a major role in how we communicate.
The Daily Tar Heel amped up efforts to reach readers through social media last year when we put someone in charge of building and interacting with the Chapel Hill community. As a news organization, we succeed only when we’re in touch with our readers.
We’re one of the few college papers to have a dedicated community manager, and we’re serious about interacting with you in person and online.
My job this year is to make sure we hear from you. Whether you hate what we’re doing, love it, want more of this or less of that — we want to know.
What exactly does that mean?
At the end of last year, we asked readers what they looked for from us. You said you wanted to see us linking to stories, breaking news throughout the day and interacting with others.