Is your laptop a classroom distraction


While many fields of study-such as computer science-require the use of computers, laptops in the classroom can be more of a distraction than the helpful tool they are designed to be. If not beneficial, they should not be allowed in classroom settings.

The majority of times laptops, in class, are an annoyance to all parties involved, especially in a discussion-based setting. Using a computer for purposes unrelated to class is rude and disrespectful, not only to professors but also fellow students.

Many professors have opted out of laptop initiatives altogether because of the problems they pose. Professors spend hours creating lectures and discussions that are invaluable to students. By not taking advantage of their time in class, students risk missing valuable information, and even failing the class. Why attend a lecture, if not to learn?

College is a hefty financial burden that force many students to pull large checks out of wallets and suffer through student debt to obtain. A college education is a luxury that many people do not even get to consider.

While many students use their computers for purely academic purposes, many do not have the discipline to use them for their intended use in class, and take away from those who do.

According to a study by Carrie B. Fried, a psychology professor at Winona State University, 81 percent of students who use laptops during class also admitted to checking email during lectures. In the same study, 68 percent reported using instant messaging, 43 percent reported surfing online, 25 percent reported playing games, and 35 percent reported doing “other” activities.

Those who bring laptops to class are often intrusive to other students who do not. Bright screens, instant messages, Facebook notifications, even low-battery warnings, make laptops inherently distracting.

Stop bringing laptops to class, because, lets face it, most of the time they’re just a heavy hunk of extra baggage to carry.