Study Finds College Students Often On Devices in Class


A new study from a University of Nebraska professor has found that a majority of college students think the amount of time they spend on their digital devices during class could be interfering with their learning.

Associate broadcasting professor Bernard "Barney" McCoy surveyed 777 students in five states about their use of digital devices and found that college students play with their phones, tablets or laptops in class an average of 11 times a day.

More than 80 percent of the students surveyed admitted that their use of digital devices during class could interfere with their learning.

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.