University students put phones down; study shows they should

1 year 2 months 3 weeks ago January 29, 2016 Jan 29, 2016 Friday, January 29 2016 Friday, January 29, 2016 3:15:00 PM CST in News
By: Emma Balkenbush, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

FULTON - William Woods University implemented a new program Friday to encourage students to put their phones down during lunch. It comes at a time when a growing number of educators and scientists are saying students need to step away from their devices more.

A recent study of New Jersey high school students found those who spent more time looking at smart phones and tablet screens before bed performed significantly worse in school than those who did not. That's because wavelengths from screens cause a student's brain to stay awake longer, which negatively impacts their attention span during school, researchers said.

Student leaders at William Woods say there are social benefits to putting phones away.

A program called "Phone Down Fridays" was created by Jahnae Barnett, the University's president, and a group of students called President's Twenty. 

Elyssa Cappaert, a sophomore and a member of President's Twenty, said the group was aprehensive about the idea when Barnett brought it up. 

"After thinking about it, we decided it was a really great idea. When you walk in, it's really cool now, because no one's on their phones and everyone is holding everyone else accountable," Cappaert said. 

She said she believes her generation is so connected all the time and has become obsessed with their phones. 

"I'm hoping, by doing this, slowly but surely it will limit the amount of time everyone spends on their phone and help everyone converse better," Cappaert said. 

Ryan Stocker, another member of President's Twenty, said he has already noticed an increase of conversations in the dining hall after just one day.. He said he believes students holding each other accountable will help. 

"Their friends are the ones saying, 'Hey put your phone down.' That's what it takes because, if it's just Dr. Barnett talking, no one is going to listen," Stocker said. 

Travis Tamerius, director for Center of Ethics and Global Studies, said he thinks encouraging students to put their phones down more often is a great way for them to be more present. 

"We've all seen how easy it is to have this wonderful gift of technology, but then be completely disconnected from the people that we're with," Tamerius said. 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Jefferson City business owner has admitted to his role in a burglary scheme... More >>
30 minutes ago April 26, 2017 Apr 26, 2017 Wednesday, April 26 2017 Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8:30:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say an 85-year-old woman has been found dead after a fire at a north St.... More >>
36 minutes ago April 26, 2017 Apr 26, 2017 Wednesday, April 26 2017 Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8:24:00 AM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A southwestern Missouri 17-year-old has been charged as an adult in the stabbing death of an... More >>
43 minutes ago April 26, 2017 Apr 26, 2017 Wednesday, April 26 2017 Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8:17:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court says that a woman running a dog kennel can't sue dog... More >>
50 minutes ago April 26, 2017 Apr 26, 2017 Wednesday, April 26 2017 Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8:10:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - People who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing will have the opportunity to meet their legislators... More >>
1 hour ago April 26, 2017 Apr 26, 2017 Wednesday, April 26 2017 Wednesday, April 26, 2017 7:05:00 AM CDT in News
FULTON - The Fulton Police Department found a body on Monday that's likely to be that of 31-year-old Carl DeBrodie.... More >>
12 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 8:24:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA- The time has come for Missouri elementary and middle schoolers to take the annual Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test.... More >>
14 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:50:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Developers have been busy since the Unified Development Ordinance passed earlier this year. As a result of the... More >>
14 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:42:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Another way to get around town is entering Missouri's state capital. Uber began operating in Jefferson... More >>
14 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:28:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City, Missouri, police said four people are in custody after one of them allegedly... More >>
15 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:53:52 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri public K-12 schools appear set to get roughly $48 million more in basic aid next... More >>
15 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:51:30 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – An expert from a group looking to eliminate all things nuclear spoke Tuesday to a crowd of mid-Missourians.... More >>
16 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 4:22:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is currently processing a claim of racial discrimination against the Boone County... More >>
16 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 4:02:00 PM CDT in News
FAYETTE - Fayette Resident Megan Monckton said she and her husband had plans to go flying with pilot Charles McCutcheon,... More >>
17 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 3:39:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – As the law currently stands, it is legal to discriminate against LGBTQ Missourians. House Bill 846,... More >>
17 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 3:30:00 PM CDT in News
FAYETTE – More than 100 people attended the second annual “Never Forget…Never Again” Holocaust Remembrance Day at Linn Memorial Church... More >>
17 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 3:03:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court said that a woman running a dog kennel can't sue dog advocacy... More >>
18 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 2:53:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Supreme Court of Missouri upheld the decision by a lower court regarding the sentence in a... More >>
19 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 2:00:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 56°
9am 58°
10am 57°
11am 56°
12pm 55°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
8:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
9:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
10:00a
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Blindspot
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9:00p
Chicago P.D.
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
The 100
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld