How many hours do students spend texting every day?


College students use eMail and talk on the phone for just less than an hour each, and use instant messaging services for about 20 minutes per day.

“The chatting numbers, combined with some of the Facebook data I collected, lead me to conclude that students don’t spend a lot of time using Facebook chat,” Junco said.

More than half of Lock Haven respondents said they never use Facebook’s chatting tool.

Recent higher-education research has shown that student texting isn’t limited to the dorm room or campus dining hall.

Students at Wilkes University said in a survey released last fall that their professors would be “shocked” to know how often they send and receive texts during class.

Nine in 10 respondents said they had texted friends and family during lectures.

Wilkes psychology professors Deborah Tindell and Robert Bohlander created a 32-question survey gauging texting habits that was answered by 269 students on the Wilkes-Barre, Pa., campus.

There are remedies for the lecture hall texting epidemic, the researchers said.

Including a concise text-messaging policy in the start-of-semester syllabus, Tindell said, is a key to limiting texting in class. Once texting rules are in place, she said, “students don’t seem to object too much.”

The texting rules should come with consequences, of course. Tindell said her repercussions for phone activity during exams has grabbed students’ attention.

“If I hear [a cell phone] or see it, it’s an automatic zero,” she said, adding that she hasn’t had to invoke the text-time rule yet.

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