The average American college student will check his or her digital device 11 times a day -- and that's while they're in class, a study found.
"They've got their laptops open, but they're not always taking notes," McCoy said. "Some might have two screens open --
The top advantages of using digital devices for non-class purposes, students in the study said, were staying connected (70 percent), fighting boredom (55 percent) and doing related class work (49 percent).
The most common disadvantages cited by students were that they didn't pay attention (90 percent), missed instruction (80 percent), or were called out by their instructor (32 percent).
More than a fourth said they lost grade points because of their digital habits.
However, more than 91 percent said they opposed a classroom ban on digital devices.
"I don't think students necessarily think it's problematic," McCoy said. "They think it's part of their lives."
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