August 1, 2014

Social Media: “Teens Facebook Their Way Through Class, Study Finds”

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From LiveScience.com:

A new study finds that 94 percent of Israeli high school students surf social media sites during class.

The students are accessing these sites through their cell phones, according to the study conducted by University of Haifa researchers, and only 4 percent said they never pulled their phones out during class.

“Based on our findings, there is almost no moment during any class when some pupil isn’t using their cell phone,” the researchers said in a statement.

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The full text of the U. of Haifa news release includes more info. Here’s one paragraph:

Cell phones are use more frequently in humanities classes than in math and science classes, and as the difficulty of the subject matter rises (in subjects such as math or English, which have higher- level classes), cell phone use goes down. Age also influences cell phone use: 10th graders use their phones in class most frequently, while 12th graders use them the least. Use of cell phones in class drops when the teacher is more experienced, but the gender of the teacher has no influence on class phone use.

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