Texting in Class Is Rampant

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Cellphones are most common in society. The ease of access allows us to have the world at our fingertips 24 hours a day and we never have to unplug. We can surf the web, book a flight, check the weather, and message a friend 1000 miles away without leaving our bed. Texting has fast become the preferred form of communication for young adults; however, students need to be dissuaded from texting during class because of the result in loss of valuable class time, lack of effective communication skills, and consistent use of improper English leading to a negative impact on students’ learning. Maryellen Weimer, PhD recently posted in Teacher Professor Blog “most students don’t multi-task well. When they’re texting, looking at Facebook, or cruising on the Internet and listening to a lecture or discussion and trying to take notes, they aren’t dealing with the content as well as they would be if they just focused on listening and note taking.” For those students who cannot multi-task, the constant disruption interferes with their memory retention. This is not only a distraction to the student playing with their phone, but is can be a distraction to other students in the room. We’ve all had a moment where someone is fidgeting and we can’t help but stare, become memorized and zone out for a few moments. Texting requires a break in concentration from class to focus on sending or responding to a message. Class time is when a student can engage with those around them, asking questions, seek clarification, and receive the answers they need in order to succeed in their academic goals. Students may be able to borrow someone else’s notes or ask for clarification on an assignment, but the time that is lost cannot be made up. Examples and clarification in class cannot be easily recalled. Only so many hours are allotted to…...

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