Monday, May 18, 2015

[465] Social media as classroom distraction focus of ‘MTSU On the Record’

MURFREESBORO — The impact of social media use during classroom activities will be the topic on the next edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Stoney Brooks, an associate professor of computer information systems, will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 18, and from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 24, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and

Brooks’ report, “Does personal social media usage affect efficiency and well-being?,” was published in the Computers in Human Behavior academic journal.

He asked students from an unnamed university to watch a 15-minute video on a computer while leaving open tabs for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media sites.

Brooks found that many students logged onto the social media sites believing they could multitask sufficiently to understand the video while engaging in social media.

“Most of the students, just from my own observation, tried to do a really good job paying attention for the first minute or two,” said Brooks. “And, then, after that, the temptation of the computer in front of them really got to a lot of them.”

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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