Tuesday 21 November 2017

Sex takes a backseat as students prefer smartphones

Phones chosen before eating out, coffee and sex
Phones chosen before eating out, coffee and sex

Rhiannon Williams

Students would sooner give up coffee, sex and eating out before their beloved smartphones, new research has found.

Nearly a fifth of the 1,500 students surveyed by Aruba Networks spend over five hours a day online, and 65pc own three or more connected devices.

Seven in ten use their devices to access educational emails, while 44pc use mobiles to take notes during lectures.

About half even said they preferred to work ‘outside of normal school hours’, stating they worked more efficiently.

Many universities are trialling new online services - like using iTunes or YouTube to host course materials - or making sure morning lectures aren’t missed by providing live interactive lecture theatres accessible from wherever the student is.

Some are also using social media to build closer relationships with students, sometimes developing their own social networking sites.

Jon Holgate, Head of Networks at Cambridge University said: We polled the students to find out where they want access to university services. It turns out that’s in cafes and pubs.

"No one had thought about extending the university network beyond our physical fibre and providing it as a service."

The research was carried out to aid universities in keeping up with the digital expectations of increasingly-connected students.

Chris Kozup, Senior Director from Aruba Networks in EMEA, said: The reality is IT pros in universities are under more pressure than ever to determine the best way to manage the security and reliability of all these devices entering the network and ensure that the bandwidth they’re enabling is up to speed, all while keeping costs down.”

He recommends universities to prioritise the needs of students and to build both campuses and networks around them.


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