Can students really multitask? An experimental study of instant messaging while reading

@article{Bowman2010CanSR,
  title={Can students really multitask? An experimental study of instant messaging while reading},
  author={Laura L. Bowman and Laura E. Levine and Bradley M. Waite and Michael Gendron},
  journal={Computers & Education},
  year={2010},
  volume={54},
  pages={927-931}
}
Students often ''multitask'' with electronic media while doing schoolwork. We examined the effects of one form of media often used in such multitasking, instant messaging (IM). We predicted that students who engaged in IMing while reading a typical academic psychology passage online would take longer to read the passage and would perform more poorly on a test of comprehension of the passage. Participants were randomly assigned to one of three conditions (IM before reading, IM during reading, or… CONTINUE READING

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