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Texting Addiction: Professors Speak Out, Responses Vary Widely

It seems that many students are paying more attention to their cellphones in class than their professors.

It’s certainly frowned upon, but it seems impossible to find anyone who hasn’t or doesn’t take out their devices during lectures.

But if you’re thinking of bringing your cellphone to Monique Callahan’s class, you might as well stay in bed and watch Netflix. Because if she catches you, the record will show you were not even there.

“When students text throughout the class, they are not mentally present, making it difficult for them to contribute or respect their peers who contribute, said EC English professor Monique Callahan, PhD.

If students text in Callahan’s class, they are marked as absent.

Another Emmanuel professor, Sharon McKechnie, PhD, of the Management department agrees with Callahan’s opinion about texting in the classroom.

“I actually think a lot about texting in class and I have also done some research on it,” McKechnie says. “I don’t allow texting, if someone is texting a lot I will call them out on it.”

Some students at Emmanuel agree with the fact that texting in class can be rude and distract others.

“Texting doesn’t distract me, I just feel like it’s kind of disrespectful to the professor,” says an Emmanuel student who asked to remain anonymous.

An article in the Huffington Post from 2010 entitled 9 Out Of 10 Students Text During Class, Study Shows, asserts that statistics have proven a majority of students have or use their phones in the classroom.


“According to a recent Wilkes University study, 91 percent of students text during class. Two Wilkes psychology professors, Deborah Tindell and Robert Bohlander, circulated a survey that questioned respondents on their text messaging habits and attitudes toward texting in class among 269 students. They found that:

99 percent of students think they should be allowed to have their cell phones in class

95 percent bring phones to the classroom

62 percent believe texting should be allowed in class, provided it doesn’t distract others

Around 10 percent have sent or received texts during exams>

3 percent used texts to cheat during exams”

On the other hand, some professors think it is their fault for not keeping their students engaged.

“When students text in my class, I feel like I’m not doing my job,” said English professor Stace Budzko. “I am accountable to my students. I want to reach each and every one of them.”

A response like that seems uncommon, but it realistically could be the truth. People in general tend to look at their phones when they are thinking of something else or are just bored. So maybe your classmate is texting during your presentation because he/she finds it boring. Even though we would rather not hear that, this could very well be the case.

“It [texting] doesn’t affect my grade at all or note taking. I still ended up with an A+ in the class,” said a sophomore who asked to remain anonymous. “Depending on the situation it can be rude, but I can’t stop texting.”


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