MU Socially Connected is a group of first year students at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey and their faculty member Dr. Kelly Ward. This book is the culmination of a semester long course called Social Connectedness in the Age of Technology. As the class continued through the semester it was obvious that there were many unwritten rules and cultural norms about the use of technology that we thought were important to put down in writing for all to think about and use as they see fit. Issues about when to text or what to write as your status on Facebook are just two of the issues covered in this book.
When writing this, the students were anywhere from ages 17-19. The class was 24 students from New Jersey and New York. The teacher, Dr. Ward is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and has been teaching at Monmouth University in the School of Social Work for 15 years. The challenge to this book was making sure we talked in one voice, a voice that would be interesting to middle school students all the way to college level students. It was also important to make sure that the entire book sounded like one person wrote it, not an easy task for 25 people to master. We had fun and everyone learned something about Facebook, texting, cell phones, each other and most importantly themselves. We enjoyed the process and hope that you enjoy the end product.