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Cell phones, internet deter students from doing studies

Date Posted: 2009-07-02

High school students are not studying or reading, and a new survey says today’s technology appears to be the reason.

Some 94% of high school students are carrying cell phones with them, and the trend is dipping down to junior high school grades, where a third of the students have them as well. Aside from phones, the study by the Prefecture Board of Education revealed 47% of the high school students are spending their time with handheld game machines.

Those figures, the Board says, translates to 62% of students admitting they don’t study at home, at all, and 53.5% of those high school youngsters say they don’t read after school. The study conducted last winter surveyed 499 schools, with answers coming from 480. “It’s the home environment for studying being wrong,” says a Board of Education official, “or the situation at home has something wrong.” He says parents should be monitoring their children to insure they study.

The problems, he says, appear to come as the children move into junior high school. Until then, the survey showed nearly 95% of elementary school students do study at home, a number dropping to 74% not studying in junior high. High school students study even less, but spend more time with cell phones, talking with friends, playing video games and text messaging.

The increasing popularity of dating sites on the internet is luring more students away from studies. Students spend time almost daily visiting the sites such as MySpace, and exchanging mail with others from internet portals.

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