Distracting effects of Smartphones on university students in online classes during lockdown pandemic
Keywords:distrazione; smartphone addiction; studenti universitari; social Network.
The article presents a research carried out on 93 university students of a master degree in education on the problem of attention deficit during online lessons in the period of the pandemic, the smartphone being the main distractor. The results of the questionnaire show that most of the students have the perception of being affected by smartphone addiction, and more than the half say they use it during the lessons to consult Social Networks or surf the Web. The results also confirm that the age is a significant predictor of the problematic use of the smartphone, especially in the younger age group spanning from16 to 25 years old. Finally, the article proposes possible pedagogical interventions to curb the effects of excessive use of smartphones during the online and face-to-face lessons.
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