A new study has claimed that college students tend to minimise the use of technology when their final exams are around the corner.
The study by the University of Washington was based on 560 interviews in 11 college libraries around the country near exam time last spring, and researchers found most students using only one or two technology devices to support only one or two activities at a time and to a lesser extent, communication.
"Our findings belie conventional wisdom about the multitasking generation - always online, always using a variety of IT devices to communicate, game and do their homework," Alison Head, co-director of the study, said.
"Our findings suggest students may be applying self-styled strategies for dialing down technology when the pressure is most on them," she said.
The study found that while many students were using the library as a refuge and a way to limit technology-based distractions like Facebook, a few used books, electronic or print resources, or librarians in the previous hour.
Most of the subjects said that they were in the library because it was the best place they could concentrate, feel more studious and take advantage of the library equipment, such as computers and printers,
The researchers also found that students use Facebook as a reward after 15, 30 or 60 minutes of study.
"If I get done reading a chapter, then I get on Facebook as a reward," one student said.