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Why Students Should Be Allowed To Use Electronics In Class


In college classes, teachers have different opinions on whether or not students should be allowed to use electronics in their classes. Although “electronics” is a broad word but mainly in this discussion it refers to cell phones and laptops. Some professors don’t mind if students use laptops in their classes because it can be easier to take notes while typing instead of writing. Also, some teachers use powerpoints or online sources to help with teaching their lessons and think it’s okay for the students to follow along on their laptops.

With cell phones it’s a different policy in every teacher’s class, because some feel that it isn’t a big deal if students are using their phones, and some do not permit it at all. The argument teachers use when they say “no” to cell phones is that students should be paying attention to the lecture and the lesson plan.

Other teachers who say they don’t mind if students use their cell phones say they have this opinion because students, or their parents, are paying for the college courses so it’s ultimately up to them to decide if they want to pay attention to the class. What they get from the classes is up to them and the teachers who support cell phone use also think that because in the real world people check their phones all the time throughout the day that it should be allowed in college as well.

I believe that students should be allowed to use electronics in classes because otherwise all they will think about is using it the rest of the class. If students are allowed to use electronics in class they will occasionally check it and still follow the lesson and get something out of it. On the other hand if students use their phones and electronics the whole time that is their own fault by not paying attention even slightly and they won’t take away anything from the class but it’s ultimately their decision.

There’s a link between obsessive Facebook checking and sleep-deprivation

Are you obsessed with checking Facebook? If you find yourself looking at Facebook many times a day, it may be a sign that you’re not getting enough sleep. A new study finds a link between obsessive Facebook checking and sleep-deprivation; correlating exhaustion, irritability, attention span with reliance on Facebook browsing.

Sleep deprivation linked with obsession with checking Facebook. Image from The Telegraph.
Sleep deprivation linked with obsession in checking Facebook. Image from The Telegraph.

“When you get less sleep, you’re more prone to distraction,” said head of research Gloria Mark, a University of California, Irvine (UCI) informatics professor. “If you’re being distracted, what do you do? You go to Facebook. It’s lightweight, it’s easy, and you’re tired.”

Specialists in the field of interplay between humans and computers seek to answer how lack of sleep impacts individuals so they can design better technologies and commodities.

“There have been lots of studies on how information technology affects sleep. We did the opposite: We looked at how sleep duration influences IT usage,” said Mark.

The research team gathered informational data from 76 UCI students — 42 females and 34 males — for seven days amid the spring semester in 2014. The study controlled for undergraduates’ course load, homework due dates, age and gender, and depended on sensors to impartially measure their conduct, activities and anxiety levels.

Undergraduates’ cellphones and laptops were rigged with a logging program, and time stamps were documented when research participants moved from one application window to the next and when they answered a call on their smartphone or texted a friend. They were requested to complete a survey of their sleep every morning and an end-of-day survey before going to bed.

Study subjects also completed a general questionnaire before the study and sat for an end-of-study assessment. Routinely during the week, they were presented with examining queries from the studies’ analysts with reference to their mood, the apparent difficulty of the chore that was at hand, and their status of activity in their work.

Mark said the research’s discoveries additionally found that the less sleep individuals have, the more periodically their concentration shifts between separate computer windows, which implies elevated inability to maintain one’s attention.

Mark’s UCI colleagues on the research were Melissa Niiya and Stephanie Reich from the School of Education and Yiran Wang from the Department of Informatics. The study was supported financially by the National Science Foundation.

Mark will present the discoveries of the research at a leading computer-human interaction conference in May.

Is technology helping us or hurting us?

In a world full of constantly updated technology, it’s easy to feel superior. Look at us — we’re at the top of the food chain and we rule the world. We’re even smart enough to invent machines to do all of the hard work for us.

Or are we not so smart in that aspect?

It’s easy to look at a brand new iPad or the newest Call of Duty installment and think, “Wow, things are just getting better!” But what about the long-term effects? Could these sleek little objects be hurting us more than helping us? Continue reading Is technology helping us or hurting us?