by Marina Shawd
It’s no secret that college students own cell phones. We see our peers texting between and during classes. They visit social media sites via smartphone. Heck, sometimes they even talk into it. And we fall victim to all these as well. So, what’s the big deal?
An article by Mashable’s Zoe Fox “How Cellphones Shape the Lives of College Students” briefly touches on the evolution and etiquette of cellphone behavior in the classroom. It seems she feels we use our phones a little too much.
The information is broken down using statistics and presented in an infographic created by Hack College (see left). As a journalism student, I didn’t find these numbers shocking. (All numbers taken from HackCollege.com’s infographic, at left.)
- 75% of students keep their phone with them at all times.
- 97% of students us their phone for social networking
- 94% of students text every day
In the school of journalism, technological advancements are embraced by students and faculty. We are assigned to tweet and blog for class. A hashtag was even developed to live-tweet during a campus speaker. Phone cameras can be used for last-minute head shots.
If our phone is smart enough, we should utilize all its abilities. Maybe we do use our phones too much, but is it because we’re developing journalistic skills or socializing with our roommate? Why is a smartphone something college students can’t live without? Share it in the comments below.