Problem Smartphone Use, Executive Function, and Academic Achievement of STEM Undergraduate Students

Graham Pluck, Helen Johnson

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Smartphone use has become ubiquitous among college students, with several reports suggesting that students spend over six hours per day on their devices. However, the potential effects of extended engagement with of smartphones on cognitive ability and academic achievement are not well understood. In this research we compared problematic self-report smartphone use in two groups of undergraduate students (STEM and humanities). The groups had very similar demographics in terms of age and sex, and similar mean GPA scores. However, there was a strong negative association between problematic smartphone use and GPA in the STEM students, which was not seen in the humanities students. Furthermore, this association in the STEM students was found to be related to self-reported executive functions- impulse control and sustained attention. We speculate that problematic smartphone use may cause academic problems disproportionately for STEM students because it reduces cognitive resources, which are particularly important to achieve higher grades in fields such as science technology engineering, and medicine.

Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojada6th International STEM Education Conference, iSTEM-Ed 2021
EditorialInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (versión digital)9781665436007
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 2021
Publicado de forma externa
Evento6th International STEM Education Conference, iSTEM-Ed 2021 - Pattaya, Tailandia
Duración: 10 nov. 202112 nov. 2021

Serie de la publicación

Nombre6th International STEM Education Conference, iSTEM-Ed 2021

Conferencia

Conferencia6th International STEM Education Conference, iSTEM-Ed 2021
País/TerritorioTailandia
CiudadPattaya
Período10/11/2112/11/21

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