Study: College Students Often Use Devices in Class

Posted 9 months ago

By Scott Carlson

cellphone(AP) — A new study says college students play with their digital devices in class an average of 11 times a day.

More than 80 percent of the students admitted that their use of smart phones, tablets and laptops could interfere with their learning, according to the study by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor.

Associate broadcasting professor Bernard “Barney” McCoy surveyed 777 students in five states about their use of digital devices.

Nearly 86 percent of students said they were texting, 68 percent reported that they were checking email, 66 percent said they were using social networks and 38 percent said they were surfing the web. Eight percent said they were playing a game.

Students in the study came from universities in Nebraska, Iowa, North Carolina, Kansas and Mississippi.