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Reliance on Technology – College Students [Infographic]

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How reliant are college students on technology? That is the question that was evaluated in a new infographic from How is Online Education Changing Our Learning System“.

Unfortunately I was unable to find more information on how large of a sample size was involved in this study or what the demographics of those students were. If anyone can provide more information, it would be greatly appreciated.

You can skip to the reliance on technology infographic posted below if you would like but first, I would like to summarize some of the more interesting information from the infographic:

  • 98% of college students own a digital device.
  • 27% of college students consider their laptop the most important thing in their backpack.
  • 38% of college students say they cannot go more than 10 minutes without using a digital device.
  • 75% of college students claim they wouldn’t be able to study without technology.
  • 46% of college students would be more likely to read an assignment if it was posted in digital format.
  • 82% of college students use digital devices to write papers.
  • 81% of college students use digital devices to research.
  • 70% of college students use digital devices to take notes in class.
  • 65% of college students use digital devices for making presentations.
  • 90% of college students think tablets will help them study more efficiently.
  • 75% of college students would prefer using a tablet instead of a textbook.
  • 50% of college students think tablets will replace textbooks within 5 years.
  • College students spend most of their time texting, followed by searching online and then using Facebook.

It is quite obvious that technology is plays an increasingly large part of our lives in the 21st century. Based on this study, we can see that this trend of technology reliance and dependence is not going to change. 30 years ago, I would say less than 25% of college students owned a digital device. Now, almost every single college student owns one and cannot go 10 minutes without using it.

Anson Alexander

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