Online flashcard company StudyBlue says that students who use their phones to study are more likely to track their studying progress than students who use only desktop study tools. On top of that, according to the company’s data analysis, smartphone studiers are more likely to study more (“40 minutes more per week”) because they’re engaged with their phones all the time.
The when-do-you-use-your-phone data (19 percent of respondents “often” use their phones “while in the bathroom”) is from the University of Colorado’s Digital Media Test Kitchen and doesn’t really relate to studying directly. Other stats in the infographic below comes from comparing StudyBlue’s mobile-app usage to its web-app usage, and it’s from that analysis that the company
StudyBlue’s likely to say that smartphone studying is the way of the future, but that’s not to say it’s not important information for educators to be aware of. Exact percentages may vary, but it seems to be an established trend that smartphone users are almost always connected, so why not find ways for them to connect to educational materials?
As a smartphone user myself, I often use my device to read “on the go” — including in grocery store check-out lines and just before I fall asleep. I also connect it to my car stereo to listen to podcasts before bed. Still, the iPhone is just a tool — it’s “educational” because I’m using it to access interesting (to me, at least) and informative online content.
We found this infographic via Edudemic.