Another study published in the Journal of Communication Education found that students without mobile phones performed better in various areas: they wrote down 62 percent more information when they took notes, they were able to recall more detailed information after their lessons, and they scored significantly more highly in end-of-term tests.
Research published by the University of Chicago found that, even if mobiles are turned off, turned face-down or put away, their mere presence reduces a person’s cognitive capacity.
To pupils’ dismay, we took the plunge and banned mobiles in the secondary school this September.
A term later, the vast majority of pupils no longer even bring their mobile to school. Pupils no longer rush out at the end of lessons to check their messages and see the latest trending news. Instead, they spend their lunch hours in groups chatting over enormous jigsaws, playing sport or strolling in the gardens. Clearly, face-to-face communication skills are being developed at these times. Staff also report more focus and considered observation in lessons.
Our generation has given young adults the astonishing tool of instant communication. We now need to guide them so that they can use it to their advantage, while continuing to develop fully as communicators and thinkers, not simply as unquestioning consumers of the latest Whatsapp message or Google trend.