Monday, October 21, 2013
Inside Higher Ed: Texting in Class:
If you are leading a class and imagine that students seem more
distracted than ever by their digital devices, it's not your
imagination. And they aren't just checking their e-mail a single time.
A new study has found that more than 90 percent of students admit to
using their devices for non-class activities during class times. Less
than 8 percent said that they never do so.
The study is based on a survey of 777 students at six colleges and
universities. Barney McCoy, associate professor of broadcasting at the
University of Nebraska at Lincoln, conducted the study and The Journal of Media Education
has just published the results. Most of the students were
undergraduates, and graduate students were less likely to use their
devices for non-class purposes. Undergraduates reporting using their
devices for non-class purposes 11 times a day, on average, compared to 4
times a day for graduate students.
Here is the study's breakdown on the proportion of students admitting to different levels of in-class device use:
Frequency of Student Device Use in Class for Non-Class Purposes, Per Day
More than 30 times
Asked why they were using their devices in class, the top answer was
texting (86 percent), followed by checking the time (79 percent). e-mail
(68 percent), social networking (66 percent), web surfing (38 percent)
and games (8 percent).