College Students Say Devices In Class Interfere With Learning, Are Minor Distractions

Career College Central summary:

  • Most college students admit that their use of smartphones, tablets, and laptops can interfere with learning, but very few consider it a minor distraction, according to anew report from Barney McCoy, an associate professor of broadcasting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).
  • More than 80 percent of students surveyed by McCoy said that their use of digital devices can interfere with their learning, but fewer than five percent said it was a big or very big distraction when they or their classmates used them. Only 17 percent of students surveyed said that using digital devices in class was not a distraction.
  • "I don't think students necessarily think it's problematic," McCoy said in a prepared statement. "They think it's part of their lives."
  • McCoy surveyed 777 students from UNL the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Morningside College, the University of North Carolina, the University of Kansas, and the University of Mississippi for the study.

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