Don’t take your laptop to class | Joanne

Bringing a laptop to class is a mistake, writes Cindi May in Scientific American, citing Michigan State research.

Although computer use during class may create the illusion of enhanced engagement with course content, it more often reflects engagement with social media, YouTube videos, instant messaging, and other nonacademic content. This self-inflicted distraction comes at a cost, as students are spending up to one-third of valuable (and costly) class time zoned out, and the longer they are online the more their grades tend to suffer.

Researchers tracked the internet use and academic…

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