ERIC Number: EJ1122617
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
A Naturalistic Investigation of Media Multitasking While Studying and the Effects on Exam Performance
Patterson, Michael C.
Teaching of Psychology, v44 n1 p51-57 Jan 2017
The present study investigated the use of multiple digital media technologies, including social networking platforms, by students while preparing for an examination (media multitasking) and the subsequent effects on exam performance. The level of media multitasking (number of simultaneous media technologies) and duration of study were used as predictors of exam performance in a sample of 441 college students. Analysis of the data indicated that students with low level of media multitasking (0-2 digital technologies) scored significantly better on the exam than students with a high level of media multitasking (7 or more digital technologies). There were no significant difference in the duration of study time between low-level media multitaskers and high-level media multitaskers.
Descriptors: Testing, Performance, Study Habits, Study Skills, Metacognition, College Students, Student Surveys, Psychology, Introductory Courses, Social Networks, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level, Multimedia Materials, Electronic Publishing, Social Media, Statistical Analysis, Naturalistic Observation, Comparative Analysis
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