Booting Down

By Elizabeth Murphy

Walk through any campus library and you see students hunkered down in their preferred corner or comfy chair with their laptops and cell phones in hand to aid in the process of cramming for their next exam. But are they studying or goofing off? Are they capable of actually staying on (work-related) task?

While these students are tech-savvy and have plenty of gizmos, they may not be as distracted by these technologies as some may think, according to a University of Washington study, “Balancing Act: How College Students Manage Technology While in the Library during Crunch Time,” by Alison Head and Michael Eisenberg. The study reveals that students are taking to the library as a place of refuge — and their laptops and cell phones aren’t necessarily the pesky distractions some assume them to be.

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