Students who use digital technology excessively are less motivated to engage with their studies, and are more concerned about exam tests according to a new research.
The study, published in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, stated that this effect was made worse by the increased feelings of loneliness that digital technology produces.
The study’s researcher Phil Reid told UK researcher Phil Reid, “The results suggest that students with high levels of Internet addiction may be particularly at risk from reduced motivation to study, and therefore, lower actual academic performance. is.”
For the findings, 285 university students enrolled in a range of health-related degree courses participated in the study. He was rated for his use of digital technology, his study skills and motivation, anxiety and loneliness.
The research found a negative correlation between Internet addiction and motivation to study. Students reporting more Internet addiction found it difficult to productively organize their learning, and were more concerned about their upcoming tests.
The findings also found that Internet addiction was associated with loneliness, and this loneliness made the study more difficult.
About 25 percent of students reported that they spent four hours a day online, with the rest indicating that they spent between one and three hours a day.
The researchers stated that the main use of the Internet for the student sample was social networking (40 percent) and information demand (30 percent).
In addition to the link between the level of Internet addiction and poor study motivation and ability, Internet addiction was found to be associated with increased loneliness.
Results indicated that loneliness made studying harder for students.
Studies show that loneliness plays a large role in positive feelings about academic life in higher education.
According to researchers, poor social interaction associated with Internet addiction makes loneliness worse, and in turn, influences motivation to engage in a highly social educational environment such as a university.