Report Says College Students Are Studying Less

Report Says College Students Are Studying Less

Today’s college students aren’t hitting the books like they used to – but don’t blame Facebook. According to The Huffington Post, surveys analyzed by professors Philip Babcock, at the University of California Santa Barbara, and Mindy Marks, at the University of California Riverside, found that today’s average four-year college student studies for 14 hours, while students in 1961 studied about 24 hours a week.

Babcock and Marks said that it’s probably not because of social networking, the internet and other things those darned kids these days are up to. Instead, it might have something to do with both students and professors wanting to get by on the least amount of work possible. But isn’t that a human trait that has stayed the same for the past few decades? On the other hand, you might not even be able to compare today’s students to their predacessors. With laptops and other technologies, people work and study differently than they used to.

I would also maintain that studying should be evaluated by its quality, not its quantity – and that you can’t force people to be interested in things. We’ve all had to take required courses outside of our majors, or listen to boring professors who didn’t bring anything fresh to the material. And you can’t force students to be more ambitious (at least at the college level). Students need to take initiative on their own. But how much is too much when it comes to slacking off? Some profs say that for every hour a student is in class, he or she should be studying for two.