Israeli students addicted to social media
The worrying results showed 94% of the pupils admitted to accessing social media or file-sharing sites (such as Facebook and YouTube) during class, from time to time or even more frequently. Some 95% of the pupils take pictures or make recordings during class for non-study purposes; 94% send e-mails and text messages; 93% listen to music during class and 91% actually talk on their phones during class.
The researchers found that in classes with more permissive teachers, cell phone use was lower than in classes where the teacher imposed strict discipline. The study included 591 pupils in grades 9-12 and 144 teachers of various subjects in three Jewish high schools.
“The research data shows that the use of cell phones during class has become routine,” the researchers said. “Even if on an individual level such use is only occasional, in the standard learning unit — a class of 30 to 40 pupils — in nearly every class a majority of pupils are using their mobile phones in some fashion. At any given moment, at least some of the pupils are using their cell phones, and there is no teacher who hasn’t been forced to cope with the phenomenon of cell phone use on a regular basis.”
By Viva Sarah Press