University students spend the equivalent of a full working day (7.5 hours) on social networking sites every week, with almost two thirds (61 percent) of students saying they are the main cause of distraction from their studies, topping even hangovers and daytime TV.
These statistics come from research by customer review site Reevoo.
Other revelations include:
- Almost a third of students surveyed claim that no student should be without an iPhone or BlackBerry - making it more of an essential than a television
- Undergraduates spend more than 13 hours surfing the internet, three and a half hours shopping online and watch an average of two films a week on laptops
- They spend just nine and a half hours a week on coursework
- The average student is taking gadgets worth £1,098 with them to university
Round the clock access to the internet is seen as an essential for today’s undergraduates, but as a consequence students now have social networking sites to add to the top of the list of study distractions.
Almost two in five students point the finger at hangovers, and a third (34 percent) blame student-favourite daytime TV as reasons for neglecting their coursework.
77 percent of students said that an internet connection in their accommodation is essential, and smartphones are named as more of a student staple than TVs, with almost a third of those surveyed claiming that no student should be without an iPhone or BlackBerry.
The research also shows that the average student is taking gadgets worth £1,098 with them to university. Two thirds (64 percent) of students are buying new computers especially for their time as undergrads, with the average spend coming in at £516.
Reevoo found that undergraduates spend more than 13 hours surfing the internet, three and a half hours shopping online and watch an average of two films a week on laptops. They spend just nine and a half hours a week on coursework.
Richard Anson, founder and CEO of Reevoo said: “Our research shows that a student wants their laptop to be much more that a word processor.
“It connects them to their social networks, enables them to entertain new friends and helps them cut costs with online shopping.
“Getting the right laptop to meet their needs is essential, which is why we’ve compiled the best laptops for students, rated by the people who have actually bought and used them.”
Reevoo listed its best-rated laptops for students:
Best for portability: Acer Aspire One D250, £214
Best budget laptop: HP Compaq Mini 110c – 1010SA, £209
Best for looks: Apple MacBook Pro MB991B/A, £1,106
Best battery life: Apple MacBook Pro MC118B/A , £1,307
Best for movies: Sony Vaio VGN-AW41MF, £970
Best for gaming: Acer Aspire 8942G-726G64Bn, £1,196