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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 9, No. 3 (2013) open journal systems 


The usage and impact of internet enabled phones on academic concentration among students of tertiary institutions: A study of University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Emeka K Ezemenaka, Institut Français de Recherche en Afrique (IFRA), Nigeria


Abstract
The usage of Internet enabled phones has been a 21st century phenomenon that spreads for different purposes and functions. This study looks into the usage and perceived effect implications internet enabled phones have on the academic performance of the tertiary students using University of Ibadan students in Nigeria as a case study. The study was carried out in order to understand and bring to fore if the students’ academic performance is affected due to the time channelled to the phone during class hours which has a general perception as a medium of distractions to students. The retrieval of the information gotten from this study was done with structured questionnaires administered to 200 students to obtain their personal opinions, while 15 in-depth interviews were conducted to have a grounded knowledge opinions of the students simultaneously with the data gathered during the course of this study. The analysis of the students’ perception showed that the internet enabled phone usage does not affect the academic performance of the students but distractions by the usage of phone were notably admitted.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556