Lauren and I ran into each other on the way to class — literally.
I asked her if she was text messaging when we almost collided in the hall. Yes, she said.
How many times have you checked your text messages today?
From when she got up (10 a.m.) until class (3 p.m.), she’d checked eight times.
How many messages does she typically receive?
She’d deleted her messages yesterday. So for about 24 hours, she had received more than 100 text messages.
How many does she respond to? Almost all.
It can be a challenge to get students to turn off and put away their cell phones during class. The temptation is there to keep it on the desk and maybe just sneak a quick peak and then…
Text messaging certainly is far more distracting than passing notes ever was.