ERIC Number: EJ1022071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Reference Count: 23
The American College Student Cell Phone Survey
Emanuel, Richard C.
College Student Journal, v47 n1 p75-81 Mar 2013
This article reports on a study of cell phone use among college students. This group is considered particularly important because college students tend to be among the first to try new technology, are the group most likely to innovate new ways of using existing technology, and are most vocal about what they need and/or want to see changed technologically. Surveys were randomly distributed to undergraduate students at a public university in the Southeast during the 2011 fall semester. The survey generally took 10-15 minutes to complete. A stratified sample of 403 usable surveys was obtained. The sample represents 8.5 percent of the total student population from which the sample was taken. Five different aspects of cell phone use were explored: ownership; general use; in-class use; perceived appropriate use; and general attitudes, feelings and opinions about cell phones. The cell phone survey concluded with the following results: (1) they are pervasive and powerful; (2) they help meet basic needs of convenience and safety; (3) they provide new, but not necessarily superior means of communicating with each other; (4) they encourage talk, not conversation; (5) they link users to those they know, but remove users from the strangers who surround them in public. As a culture, Emanuel notes, we are allowing our phones to become the link to our purpose and the symbol of our status. Cell phone use and attitudes toward them are bound to change as the technology and its users mature. Understanding these changes is tantamount to better understanding ourselves and our connections in the world.
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Undergraduate Students, Student Surveys, Ownership, Use Studies, Student Attitudes, Safety, Student Needs, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Relationship, Student Behavior, Interaction
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