Tuesday, May 8, 2012
In the new study, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford undergraduates were asked to record how many text messages they sent or received during a 50- to 75-minute class, on average. They also rated themselves on specific learning variables regarding their class, such as sustained attention and perceived amount learned.
The average number of text messages students viewed in class was 2.6, Wei's team reported. Students sent, on average, 2.4 texts while in class. The students who frequently texted during class were less likely to sustain attention to their instructor.
Multitasking doesn't prevent learning, but it has an impact on optimal retention.
Are we surprised? Here’s the article from the Chicago Tribune.