Cellphone usage in academia: The problem and solutions

Farhad Mohammad Afzali, Briana B. Morrison

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Abstract

Focus and concentration on tasks is essential for optimum academic performance. Students can achieve higher grades by staying focused on their studies. However, staying focused on an academic task is not easy with the technological distractions currently surrounding students. The vast majority of college students possess a smart cellphone and use it often for many different reasons. Having the constant ding, ring, and vibration of notifications can be a serious distraction to staying on task. We seek to: 1) quantify the problem of cellphone distractions, 2) examine the effectiveness of existing applications, and 3) explore alternative solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCSCW 2018 Companion - Companion of the 2018 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages325-328
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450360180
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 30 2018
Event21st ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2018 - Jersey City, United States
Duration: Nov 3 2018Nov 7 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW

Other

Other21st ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2018
CountryUnited States
CityJersey City
Period11/3/1811/7/18

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Keywords

  • Academic performance
  • Cellphone usage
  • Digital distractions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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Afzali, F. M., & Morrison, B. B. (2018). Cellphone usage in academia: The problem and solutions. In CSCW 2018 Companion - Companion of the 2018 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (pp. 325-328). (Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3272973.3274088