College Students: Do Males or Females Use Devices More During Class? | #CollegeSurvey

College students text, check emails, and visit social networking sites A LOT during their classes, according to a recent survey of 777 students across six colleges and universities. The study was conducted by Barney McCoy, associate professor of broadcasting at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. It has been published in the October issue of the The Journal of Media Education.

Do Males or Females Use Devices More During Class?

The results of the study find that undergraduate college students on average (11.16 times a day) use their devices for non classroom related activities more than graduate students (3.9 times a day).

Female college students (20.36) were more likely to use their devices for non-class related social networking, compared to male college students (17.13%).

Male college students (13.31%) were more likely to use their devices for non-class related web-surfing compared to their female counterparts (9.9%).

Males (3.24%) were also more likely to use their devices for playing games during class compared to females (1.74%).

Female college students (69.7%) were more likely than males (62.4%) to list some level of distraction caused by digital devices (other people’s) during class for non-class related activities.

Male college students (57.94%) were less likely than females (64.9%) to list some level of distraction caused by THEIR OWN use of digital devices during class fornon-class activities.

College students that favor an instructor speaking to a student causing a class disruption by using a digital device during class: Male (60.02%) versus Female (73.73%).

Males (20.39%) are more likely than females (14.13%) to favor an instructor asking a student causing a disruption with a digital device to leave the class. The survey consisted of 15-questions, students could skip questions they didn’t want to answer. Check out the rest of the questions / responses below.

How Often Do College Students Text / Email During Class?

On a typical school day, How often do you use a digital device during class for non-classroom related activities? (Texting, Talking, Tweeting, Emailing, Browsing, or Social Networking)

1-3 times: 34.9%

4-10 times: 26.8%

11-30 times: 15.7%

More than 30 times: 14.8%

Never: 7.9%

If you use a digital device during class for non class purposes, please describe those purposes.

Texting: 85.99%

Check the time: 78.92%

Email: 67.68%

Social Networking:66.02%

Web-Surfing:38.28%

Games:

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