Texting in the Classroom — When Do You Stop? – Netiquette

If a dog is still a man’s best friend, is a cell phone now the college student’s replacement for their four-legged pet?

According to this Infographic from OnlineCollege.org, 9 out of 10 students text while in class. Taking it even further, 1 out of 10 will actually text during an exam. With 3 out of 4 students keeping their phones either in their bed while they sleep of close-by on their nightstand, are students addicted to their mobile phones?

In a recent article I wrote on Huffington Post, Cell Phone Etiquette – How Bad Are Your Manners, the first comment came from a teacher who said, “I’m an instructor. I gave up long ago setting rules for cell phone use in my class.  I couldn’t care less if you text, call out or even receive a call.  But my policy is I am not re-covering the material you missed while on the phone and I am not answering your questions on the material you missed while pre occupied.  You are simply SOL.”

It’s true we’re living in a mobile world with 3.5 million text messages being sent every minute. However, at the end of the digital day, it’s important to respect the Rules of Netiquette and turn off your cell phones while in class, a public performance, or in anyplace where you need to give the undivided attention to those you’re communicating with.

Your comments and feedback are welcome.

Julie Spira is a cyber-relations and netiquette expert. She’s the author of The Rules of Netiquette: How to Mind Your Manners on the Web. Visit RulesofNetiquette.com and Facebook.com/RuleofNetiquette.


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