As an English teacher working in a university, I was intrigued by a scene I have been facing in the mornings when I enter the classroom, which inspired me to do some research and write this post. The picture is something like this: 8 – 10 students out of the total of 14 are sitting with their gaze fixed on their mobile phones and not even talking to each other, waiting for the teacher. Whilst letting students use mobile phones during the lesson can be a topic of debate, I was indeed more interested in knowing what they were really doing with their smart phones. Needless to say, all my students possess smart phones and they are mostly addicted to them. The picture below can give you an idea of what kind of phones they have.
I asked just two simple questions to encourage greater number of responses. I collected the data through a questionnaire using SurveyMonkey. The questions are in the students’ native language to minimize any misunderstanding. The data were collected from 92 informants who are university students enrolled in a one-year intensive English course at the Foundations Development Year in Sabanci University, Istanbul.
Here is a summary of the findings, the details of which you can find below in the infographics and at the bottom. The majority of the students have an iPhone, next preferred smart phone is Samsung. Looking at the apps the students use in their phones, it can be said that students use their favorite apps to “chat” mostly. The raw and analyzed data can be found at the bottom of this post.
DETAILS ABOUT THE STUDY
Please click here to read about the details such as the raw and analyzed data, the list of apps, etc.