This week, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Pennsylvania is declaring a week without social media. No Facebook. No Twitter. No YouTube. Nada.
One group of people that certainly isn't worrying about that is the Amish. Last weekend, I received a refreshing taste of how simple life can be when I visited Lancaster, Pennsylvania - aka Amish Country.
In spite of their old-fashioned ways of living, the Amish - and the Mennonites - blend into their surrounding communities without a hitch. They park their buggies at shopping centers nestled between our modern-day automobiles, and quietly lead their horses on dirt roads behind Harleys and SUV's.
Candles are placed in the windows of their homes instead of flipping on a light switch; clothes are hand-washed and hung out to dry while buggies are parked quietly in the garage. Produce is picked fresh as witnessed by buckets of ripe cucumbers and tomatoes appearing on people's lawns. No Fresh Direct delivery trucks out here.
Seeing many Amish and Mennonites travel in groups, their strong sense of family immediately becomes apparent. No one is yapping or texting on their cell phones or playing Nintendo; families are actually interacting with each other.
If only the rest of us can get it right - we're so busy seeing how many followers we can accumulate on Twitter that human relationships can sometimes be taken for granted. I have more conversations on email and text messages than I do face-to-face or over the phone.
So in response to Harrisburg University of Science and Technology's week-long social media blackout, I say more power to them. If I can survive being a student of the early-to-mid '90's before the invention of social media, I'm sure this generation of college kids can do the same.