Positive or negative for education?
With the growing numbers of e-readers, tablets, iPads, smartphones and other electronic devices we wondered what impact they would have on education. In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey we asked, do you think the growing number of electronic devices will have a positive or negative effect in educational development for youth in America? A positive effect was the response for 47% of Americans, 33% said the growing number of devices would have a negative effect, 21% did not have an opinion.
A majority of Americans between the ages of 18-44 see these devices having a positive effect on educational development. Among those in the 18-29 year old age group, 50% see a positive effect, 26% think they will have a negative effect, 24% offered no opinion. In the 30-44 year old age group, 54% think electronic devices will have a positive effect on educational development, 31% see a negative effect, 15% did not have an opinion.
Men and women differed slightly on the question. Among men, 49% see the devices as having a positive effect, 31% see a negative effect, 21% offered no opinion. Women saw the devices as having a positive effect by a 47% to 35% margin
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,145 registered voters nationwide was conducted January 17, 2012 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
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