2014 break-down: This is how college students use mobile devices

Survey of undergrads and graduate students reveals new information on mobile device use

mobile-device-pearson Conducting yearly surveys on how current college students use mobile devices is a smart idea, given the rapid evolution of technology. But it’s also a good idea because maybe usage isn’t moving as fast as admin may think; and could the laptop still be the best device for students?

According to a recent survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Pearson—between February and March this year (2014)—over 1,200 college students enrolled in either a 2-year college, 4-year college or university, or graduate school were polled on their ownership and usage of mobile devices; how they use the devices for schoolwork, and how they expect to use them for school work in the future; their attitudes towards the devices for learning; and their preferences for different types of digital devices when reading, studying, taking notes, and other school-related activities.

The survey results, which were weighted to be representative of the U.S. college student population, reveal that though students believe tablets are the future, the laptop is still the most used device for school work, and that while the use of multiple devices for Millennials is often the picture painted by media, a majority still use only one main device during the school day.

“After four years of conducting this study, we have learned valuable lessons from students on how they use, and want to use, technology for learning,” said Seth Reichlin, senior vice president of Market Research for Pearson Higher Education. “College students have high expectations for tablets to transform learning, but our findings show that laptops are still the most commonly used device for school work.”

(Next page: The break-down of some interesting results; infographic)