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Technology addiction disrupts teenagers' learning

Bill Goodwin

Technology addiction among teenagers is having a disruptive effect on their learning, according to research by Cranfield School of Management.

More than 60% of 11 to 18 year olds surveyed by Cranfield said they were "very" or "quite" addicted to the internet, and over 50% were addicted to their mobile phones. Students spend, on average, one to two hours a day on social network sites, the research revealed.

39.3% said that texting damaged the quality of their written English, particularly in terms of spelling.

"Shockingly, a high proportion of teenagers (59.2%) admitted to inserting information straight from the internet into schoolwork, without actually reading or changing it. Almost a third (28.5%) deemed this as acceptable practice despite recognising that such behaviour is considered plagiarism," said Andrew Kakabadse, professor of international management development at Cranfield.

"Our research shows that technology obsession hinders spelling skills, implicitly encourages plagiarism, and disrupts classroom learning. Despite school policies restricting mobile phone usage, students use the phone frequently, with the majority making calls from the toilets. The mobile phone continues to be a prime channel of social communication during the school day."

The survey found that youngsters start to access the internet between the ages of five and 10, get a mobile phone between the ages of eight and 10, and start accessing social networks between the ages of 11 and 13.

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