What Happened to Studying?

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The author of “What happened to studying?” really seems to have hit the jackpot with the situation regarding the study habits of college students. As a college student myself, the data that is brought to the readers is something that I can completely relate to. Many college students, including myself, can easily say that we are able to keep a consistent, well rounded GPA while studying less than 14 hours a day. With that being said, there are many interesting pieces of evidence in this article including, the survey’s that were taken by students as well as the false assumption that technology has drastically changed studying habits.

It is astonishing how in 1961 students studied an average of 24 hours a day and now the average is down to 14 hours. The studying “dilemma” also isn’t affecting only a certain demographic but all demographics. One of the surveys written about in this article was conducted at the University of California and taken by 160,000 undergraduates. The students “were asked to list what interferes most with their academic success.” The second most common answer was “students were depressed, stressed or upset” and the number one answer was when “they struggled with one problem frequently or all the time.” To me, the results were honestly not very surprising because, both of those interferences are something that I can completely relate too. At the same time, it is relieving to know that I am not the only one who is facing these problems and in fact, many other teenagers are as well.

If I was assigned to research the changes in studying habits, I would most likely blame technology because it seems to be the most obvious answer. This is because teenagers are bombarded with technological innovations left and right and with so many social networking sites such as Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, ect it is pretty hard to ignore. Surprisingly, according to Babcock and Marks that isn’t the issue and there are many different reasons. As a matter of...
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