ECAR is the Education Center for Applied Research, and over the past three years it has conducted a series of studies entitled The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology. The 2007 study found, in simple terms, that
- 98.1% owned a mobile (cell) phone
- 98.4% owned a computer (75.8% a laptop, 58.1% a desktop, 35.7% both)
- 74.7% (and growing fast) owned an electronic music/video device
What do students with their devices? Daily activities were email, instant messaging, social networking. And alas, although 94.7% say they use the library or its website, they don't do this very often.