Infographic: How Students Are Actually Using Smartphones

It’s easy enough to have a vision of how 21st century learners might use smartphones–analyzing data, collaborating with global networks, documenting local issues with multimedia–but sometimes some cold, hard data (as subjective as even data can behave) is interesting.

And a look at the infographic below does indeed challenges some conceptions. Some surprises?

  • 53% of students own a smartphone–barely half
  • 83% use it for weather news, but only 45% for technology news
  • 83% of students use it to multitask while walking
  • 92% use it during idle time at school–which surprisingly means around 8% don’t (which is hard to believe barring a dead battery)

Mobile Lives of Online Colleges

Infographic attribution; image attribution flickr user toehk


  • wait – the most popular use is checking the Weather ?

    wow – and I thought they were – like – having fun or something – but no – looks like rain – maybe I’ll stay inside ?

    I didn’t see texting – didn’t the average teenager send something like 100 texts a day – where is that in this data ?

    I think there’s a bias here … of time spent looking at news, 100% do … zzz

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