Lots of texting, emailing going on in college classrooms

"I don't think students necessarily think it's problematic," study author Barney McCoy, an associate professor of broadcasting at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, said in a university news release.

"They think it's part of their lives."

Nearly 86% of students said they were texting; 68% said they were checking email; 66% said they were using social networks; 38% said they were surfing the internet and 8% said they were playing a game during class.

"That's a generational thing to me -- a lot of young people don't wear watches," he said.

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