Ninety-five percent of college students are taking laptops and cell phones to college this year, and more than half of students will also bring TVs, headphones and printers to campus. While some of these most popular tech devices are necessary for school work and others for entertainment, today’s college students are using their tech in ways that blur the lines between their social and academic lives.
We recently surveyed more than 1,000 students heading to college to determine how they use their tech at school. The Asurion Connected College Life survey revealed that from laptops and tablets to cell phones and headphones, tech dominates college life, both on and off campus.
Key insights from the Asurion Connected College Life survey:
College Takes a Toll on Tech
College students may be young adults, but when it comes to electronics, they aren’t adults just yet. Nearly one in five (18 percent) laptops, tablets, mobile phones and other devices were lost, stolen or broken while students were out socializing at parties, bars and restaurants. The majority of incidents (56%) occurred during the usual day-to-day college activities, such as while students were in class, studying or while hanging out in their dorm room.
When accidents happen, replacing a device is no small fee. Nearly a third of students (29 percent) who had tech devices lost, stolen or broken say they spent $400 or more on a replacement.
From laptops to cell phones, help ensure your college students’ tech devices are protected on and off campus to save on expensive repairs and replacements. Ask your wireless carrier or retailer for details, or visit Asurion.com for more information.
Survey Methodology: The survey of 1,006 college students ages 18-25 was commissioned by Asurion and conducted by Survey Sampling International in July 2015. Respondents were ages 18-25 returning to college in the fall, and who live away from their parents while in college. Margin of error for the survey base of 1000 respondents is +/- 3.1 percent.