Allowing Smartphones in Class Lowers Grades — Even For Students Who Don’t Use Them
Students who use smartphones during lectures are less able to retain course material over the long term, new research suggests.
The study, published in the journal Educational Psychology, also showed that students performed worse on exams even when they didn't use smartphones or laptops during class but attended lectures in which they were allowed.
“Many dedicated students think they can divide their attention in the classroom without harming their academic success – but we found an insidious effect on exam performance and final grades," lead researcher Arnold Glass, a professor of psychology at Rutgers–New Brunswick's School of Arts and Sciences, told Rutgers Today.
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