Always connected: media multitasking during lectures and study

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Gisella Paoletti


In this research study, we asked 100 university students to describe how they use their personal devices during study and lectures. The responses showed continuous and extensive use of mobile phones for exchanging messages, both in class and during study. The sample group we gathered appears to believe that this type of multitasking - messaging during learning activities - has no effect on the quality of learning, but only on its duration. The participants express a preference for an environment free of distraction, but at the same time attribute a positive value to the possibility of remaining in constant contact with their networks.

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