rder to search for books and papers on the internet before looking for them in the library; there were quite a handful of students that used their phones to take out names of books and magazines that they then searched for in the library for the purpose of their work. This made it easier for them to locate the kind of information that they exactly required as opposed to spending time searching for books and other written material manually. Once they had all the material they needed in their hands, many students, hand writing their work, made use of their cell phones at frequent intervals, almost every fifteen minutes, in order to search something or the other on the internet. When asked why they would not make use of computers or laptops, they replied stating it was easier on their phones as handheld devices were much more user friendly and portable. After asking a certain majority of the students about their cell phone usage, around 35% replied stating it was for personal use, to keep in touch with their friends and relatives via text messaging while working, 20% replied saying they needed it for completing their assignments and the rest needed it either for both. The main focus of the students within the library was to complete their work however there was a significant number that was constantly distracted by their cell phones, making it difficult for them to work and only be hooked on to social networking websites. When asked what kind of websites the students frequented, almost 40% replied stating search engines like Google and Bing to direct them towards other websites to complete their assignments and learn about books and papers that they could find inside the library; 20% said that they were reading news articles and keeping up with news updates through their...
This essay stresses that most students had smart phones with them, that is, phones with internet services; there was a small number of around 18-20% of the students that had normal phones without internet services, only for the purpose of text messaging and putting through calls. E-mails are a large part of every student’s life, and in Sheffield University as well, it was witnessed that most students, needed their cell phones in order to keep in touch with their overwhelming number of e-mails. They build their networking with each other and also need to keep in touch with whatever is happening within the college and the best method of doing that is e-mailing; push mails in smart phones help students keep up with mails constantly and much faster as compared to logging onto a computer every now and then to check the mail.
The study was conducted over a period of three days in the library of the University of Sheffield and each of the days a similar statistical approach was observed as mentioned above, with respect to the types of phones used, websites frequented, and various purposes of using the cell phone were observed and recorded. It was thereby noted that most students, almost 90% could not be seen without their cell phones and constantly required them, at frequent intervals. It was however commendable to note that despite this positive addiction, they maintained a sense of decorum as they still kept in tandem with the library rules and did not raise their voices while speaking on the phone or harmonize the library with their ringtones!