According to the survey of 675 students in 26 states, students checked their phones and other digital devices in class more than 11 times a day, on an average.

It's not just a quick glance to see if someone's trying to reach them.

Students in the study estimated that, on an average, they spend 20 percent of their classroom time using digital devices for activities unrelated to class -- mostly texting but also emailing, web-surfing, checking social media and even playing games, the researchers said.

Nearly 30 percent believed they could use their digital devices without distracting from their learning, the study showed.

Around 13 percent said the benefits of using digital devices for non-class purposes outweighed the classroom distractions they caused. More than 11 percent of the respondents said they could not stop themselves from using digital devices.

Yet most respondents indicated they can't or won't change their behaviour, the researchers noted in the study published online in the Journal of Media Education.


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