Connected students choose smartphones over TV

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A new study has found that many students would prefer to give up coffee, TV, eating out and sex before their smartphones.

The study, which questioned nearly 1500 students, showed that nearly two thirds (65%) of today’s students own three or more connected devices; spend over five hours a day on their mobiles, often use more than five apps at any one time; and are regularly rejecting traditional lecture-hall based learning for digital working across campus - whenever it works for them. About half even said they preferred to work ‘outside of normal school hours’, stating they worked more efficiently.

Even the lecture hall is going digital with 44% using mobile devices to take notes in lectures, while seven in ten (71%) are using these devices to access college emails.

But while universities are beginning to realise the advantages of mobile technologies, IT departments in education are under more pressure than ever to manage the security and reliability of all these devices entering the network, and ensure that the bandwidth they’re enabling is up to speed.

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