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Study Proposal: The Effect Of Texting On Students' Test Scores And Gpa

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The effect of texting on 18-22 year old college students’ test scores, and GPA.

Throughout college towns, at any given day or time, a person could stop on a corner and glance around to very likely see numerous students walking while texting on their cell phones. It may appear obvious that this action will cause those students to be distracted and possibly walk in to something or someone, yet there is a bigger problem to address. The larger issue I am interested in is the affect this heightened usage of text messaging may be having on the learning abilities of college students. In my study, I will look at the correlation between the amount of texting of 18-22 year old college students ...view middle of the document...

As participants are brought in to the study, they will need to confirm their willingness to participate for a consistent four years. Over the course of four years, the participants will be asked to electronically send copies of their text messaging usage from their cell phones, as well as all test scores throughout each semester on a monthly basis. The GPA will be gathered through official transcripts at the end of each semester, which will be paid for by the study. The submissions of these materials will be electronically done. This method is preferred in contrast to a survey as it will provide concrete amounts rather than taking the possibility of false reports to questions. Data will be collected throughout the year, regardless of attendance. If any participant does not enroll in classes during a given time, their text message usage will continue to be collected in order to have consistent data to compare at the end of the study.
The desire of this study will to gather non-influenced data of the population of Northern California College Students, in order to compare average use of cell phone messaging to overall success in college courses. The gathered information will be cross-referenced with other similar experiments and correlation studies regarding texting. This will include M.A. Drouin’s 2009 study on “College Student’s text messaging, use of textese and literacy skills” and a 2010 study by L.D. Rosen et. Al on “The relationship between ‘textisms’ and formal and informal writing among young adults”. These cross-references will allow a broader comparison and possibility of seeing a pattern among the studies of either positive or negative correlations regarding text message usage affects. Also, by looking at these studies prior to research it aides in developing a knowledgeable research hypothesis as these studies ultimately found some negative correlation with cell phone text messaging usage.

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