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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Reading, Writing and… Facebook?

Associate News Editor reports, "A new study shows that 94 percent of Israeli high school students accessed social media on their phones during class."

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Researchers at the University of Haifa said that just 4 percent of students reported not using their cellphones at all during class.

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ITAI BEERI, PhD
The study, conducted at the University of Haifa’s School of Political Sciences by Dr. Itai Beeri, included 591 pupils in grades 9-12 and 144 teachers of various subjects in three Jewish high schools in Israel.

About 94 percent of the pupils admitted to accessing social media or file-sharing sites, such as Facebook and YouTube, during class, from time to time or even more frequently.

Some 95 percent take pictures or make recordings during class for non-study purposes; 94 percent send e-mails and text messages; 93 percent listen to music during class; and 91 percent actually talk on their phones during class.

The researchers found that cell phones are used more frequently in humanities classes than in math and science classes, and as the difficulty of the subject matter rises, 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.
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Source: PsychCentral.com


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