A study has revealed that cellphone usage is bad for students. At least this is what the results indicate.
According to a study conducted by the London School of Economics, banning smartphones resulted in improved test scores among students. Researchers Richard Murphy and Louis-Philippe Beland claim there is an impact of banning phones for the students included in the study. Specifically, grades improve by an average of 6.4 percent in schools where smartphones are banned. Around 130,000 students from 91 schools were involved in the study.
The result of the study is not surprising since cellphone usage is linked to the use of apps that can distract students from school activities or from focusing on the tasks at hand. Although there are benefits for allowing phones at school, the disadvantages far outweigh the benefits. While smartphones ensure the availability of communication lines between students and parents, or can be used to retrieve information from the internet, there is so much more that students can do with smartphones like accessing social media and playing games.