Grumpy Corner: using phones in lectures

[Lashara van Heerden | Features Manager]

When asked to write this little rant, the first thing that popped into my mind was mobile phones. I feel like people are incapable of functioning without them, especially in lectures. It is as though the mobile phone has become the adult pacifier. People go out and use their phone in company, take photos of every meal, walk, talk and drive while texting, and the list goes on! Don’t get me wrong, I am guilty of using my phone a bit too much too, but I feel like some take it to the next level. In my humble opinion, there is nothing worse than sitting in a university class and seeing everybody on their phone or tablet. There are a multitude of reasons why I hate this:

1) It is rude. You are insulting the lecturer who is there to teach you. Imagine you study for years to become a professor and you end up teaching a group of mindless zombies who are only capable of scrolling through Facebook during your lecture.

2) You come to class to engage and learn. Research by Kent State University has proven that, “high frequency mobile users tend to have a lower grade point average, higher anxiety, and lower satisfaction with life (happiness) relative to their peers who used their phones less often”. So basically, if you use your phone in class you are making yourself stupid, angsty and depressed. So for the sake of the human race – just stop.

3) Classes work best when everyone is on the same page, not their Facebook page. Showing interest, being proactive and participating will allow you and other students to enjoy their academic experience to the fullest. After all, a wonderfully large amount has been paid for you to be in class. So why not get involved and make the most of it?

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Grumpy Corner: using phones in lectures