The Impacts Of Multimedia Multitasking Influence On College Learning

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Multimedia Multitasking Influence on College Learning No matter where you go people can be observed on their smartphone and laptop while engaging in other tasks. According to Pew Research Center, as of November 2016, 95% of Americans own a cellphone which includes 100% of 18-29 year olds. The college classroom is now home to a generation that has been raised with so much technology that they are accustomed to multitasking and interruptions (Rosen,Lim,Carrier,and Cheever, 2011). It is second nature, something as simple as brushing their teeth, and the idea of simplifying and focusing on one thing is no longer in their DNA. Thus, even when it comes to sitting in a college classroom, it’s hard for them to shut down the constantly active technological portions of their brain. Technology has been statistically proven to hinder knowledge, even though students are using it to gain knowledge in itself. The majority of technology use, according to a survey by Jackson (2013), 39.1% of 102 students in question admitted using their mobile phone during class for personal use and only 3.1% reported to use their device for academic purpose. According to an article in Government Technology, students who use their phones more than 10 hours day had a significantly lower grade-point average – 2.84 – in comparison to the GPA of those students who only used their phones up to two hours daily – 3.15. This shows that multitasking has a negative impact on learning. In support of this,

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