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Analysis of Technology Ownership and Selective Use among Undergraduates

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College Student Journal Volume 41, Number 4, ISSN 0146-3934


Extent of technology ownership and use has been documented for teens and even pre-teens. However, little is known as to whether such ownership and use patterns change over time. This study examined these issues by surveying a sample of undergraduates as to their ownership and selective use of technology. Compared to teens, undergraduates had higher ownership rates of laptop computers, cell phones, and PDAs. Undergraduates used technology for communication purposes about five-and-a-half hours per day, evenly divided between written and verbal modes. Multiple technologies, including instant and text messaging, were used for quick conversations but phone and face-to-face were the predominant means for more personal communication. (Contains 2 tables.)


Diamanduros, T., Jenkins, S.J. & Downs, E. (2007). Analysis of Technology Ownership and Selective Use among Undergraduates. College Student Journal, 41(4), 970-976. Retrieved February 28, 2020 from .

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