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Searching the Web in Class is a Bad Idea

surfingtheweA study by Michigan State University scholars, funded by the National Science Foundation, found that “even the smartest college students suffer academically when they use the Internet in class for non-academic purposes.”

From the report:

“All students, regardless of intellectual ability, had lower exam scores the more they used the Internet for non-academic purposes such as reading the news, sending emails and posting Facebook updates…

The study also showed students discounted the effects of Internet use on academic performance, reinforcing past findings that students have poor awareness of how their smartphones and laptops affect learning.”

Read the full report here.