Students say No to gadget-free days


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“NO way!” exclaimed Noridayu Ibrahim, 24, when she heard about Susan Maushart’s “The Experiment.” The electronic engineering student finds it hard to believe that anybody can live without high-tech gadgets in this day and age.

Right at the top of her cannot-live-without gadget list is her precious cellphone. Her family is in Selangor and now that she’s living far away from them — she enrolled at the Port Dickson Polytechnic last year — she is in constant contact with them via her mobile phone.

“Me having the phone enables us to easily keep in touch, especially if an emergency should occur,” she said.

Next on the list is the Internet. This is another must-have for a student like her to keep up to date and to do research for her studies. The Web also helps her staying connected with her friends and family via Facebook.

She’s an avid user of the social networking site, and she logs in to her account several times a day.

Her roommate, Nor Diyana Aladin, 22, lists electricity at the top of her can’t-do-without list. When she’s not online or doing her homework, she is always in the living room watching her favourite TV series or the news.

“The TV is not just for entertainment, but also to keep me updated on the latest happenings in and out of the country,” she said.

When asked if they are willing to “unplug” themselves, even for a short while, Noridayu and Nor Diyana unanimously answered, “Nope!” — ZAM KARIM

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