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Proof The Distraction of Electronic Devices Means You Aren’t Paying Attention: College Students Checking Phones During Class Have Lower Grades

January 11, 2019

While reading President Trump’s latest tweets may seem like a much better alternative than listening to liberal college professors drone on about politics, a new study suggests that constantly checking your phone during class could come back to haunt you during exam time.

According to a new study in Educational Psychology, students in college classes that are allowed access to electronic devices such as smartphones or tablets that include nonacademic vices such as Facebook or Twitter tend to perform at a lower academic standard compared to classmates attending lectures where such devices were banned.

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In the study, researchers at Rutgers University compared two separate classroom environments for learning: one class allowed tablets and cellphones for student usage, while another class banned the use of electronics entirely during lecture.

In their findings, researchers noted that students enrolled in the class that allowed smartphones and tablets to be used that admitted to using them during class performed approximately 5 percent lower (roughly half a letter grade) on the end of term final examination when compared to the population of students in the class that banned electronics.

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It is also worth noting that students enrolled in the smartphone/tablet-friendly class who did not report using the devices during class performed better than their peers who chose to use the devices, but still did not perform as well as their peers in the class where electronics were banned, suggesting that such devices likely create a disruptive classroom environment that is detrimental to everyone’s grade, not just those who use devices.

The main author of the study, Arnold Glass, noted that while the usage of the devices were most detrimental to the grades of those individuals who were using the devices, the lack of rules banning their use almost certainly impact the information retention of all individuals enrolled in the class.

“These findings should alert the many dedicated students and instructors that dividing attention is having an insidious effect that is impairing their exam performance and final grade,” said Glass. “To help manage the use of devices in the classroom, teachers should explain to students the damaging effect of distractions on retention — not only for themselves, but for the whole class.”

John Patrick (@john_pat_rick) is a graduate of Canisius College and Georgia Southern University. He interned for Red Alert Politics during the summer of 2012 and has continued to contribute regularly.


Hong Kong’s “Disappeared” Booksellers — EU calls situation ‘extremely worrying’, says EU as scrutiny on mainland intensifies

January 8, 2016

Statement calls lack of information about their well-being and whereabouts ‘extremely worrying’

Respect for freedom of expression underpins all free societies

By Lai Ying-kit
South China Morning Post

The European Union has urged authorities in the mainland, Hong Kong and Thailand to investigate and clarify the mysterious disappearances of five Hong Kong booksellers.

In a statement issued late on Thursday, the EU said the continuing lack of information about the well-being and whereabouts of the booksellers was “extremely worrying”.

The five – Lee Bo, Gui Minhai, Lui Bo, Cheung Ji-ping and Lam Wing-kei – are associated with Mighty Current publishing house and Causeway Bay Books, a bookstore which it runs. They sell books critical of the Chinese Communist Party.

READ MORE: Police mobilise in neighbourhood where missing Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo was last seen

The five have gone missing separately since October. The latest incident involved Lee, who was last seen in Mighty Current’s Chai Wan warehouse on December 30.

Gui went missing while on holiday in Pattaya, Thailand in mid-October and Cheung, Lui and Lam went missing later that month while visiting the mainland.

Clues about their whereabouts are scant, except for a handwritten letter said to have been faxed by Lee to his colleagues. In the letter, recognised by Lee’s wife as genuine, the bookseller said he had gone to the mainland on his own way and was assisting in an investigation.

There has been speculation that the five were detained in the mainland because of their publishing business and that Lee was dragged across the border by mainland agents.

The EU statement said: “As Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has stated, it would be a violation of the Basic Law if, as media allege, mainland law enforcement agencies had been operating in Hong Kong.”

“This would be inconsistent with the ‘one country, two systems’ principle.”

It added that respect for freedom of expression underpins all free societies.