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Survey reveals how much college students rely on technology


Sunday, July 13, 2014

The back-to-school shopping list for many college-bound students now includes more than new clothes and dorm furnishings. Today's students view technology, such as laptop and tablet computers, as an essential part of college life.

A recent survey from technology company AMD reveals just how much college students value technology.

Students want laptops
The survey, which was conducted by Harris Poll for AMD, found that while college students own smartphones and tablets, it's the laptop that's the most popular device. According to an AMD press release, 85 percent of respondents own a laptop.

While a laptop can be used to take notes during class, the survey revealed it has many other non-academic uses as well. For example, 73 percent of students said they use laptops and other electronic devices to watch television shows and videos rather than an viewing on an actual TV. In addition, 41 percent of respondents reported that they consider the laptop to be more important than a TV, bicycle, car or tablet.

"Students expect more from their computers than ever before—they want them to be equally as good at streaming their favorite TV show as they are at crunching numbers in a math class," said Gabe Gravning, AMD's director of product marketing, Client Business Unit.

Some students can't imagine getting through the day without their favorite technology. Overall, 67 percent of respondents said that having their technology stop working is their biggest fear. Computers also top many students' to-buy lists, with 27 percent of respondents saying that one of these devices would be the first purchase they would make if they ever won $1,000.

The times have changed
According to the press release, the survey respondents were between the ages of 18 and 26, which means that many of them don't remember a time when computers and the Internet weren't a part of everyday life. Of the respondents, 81 percent couldn't imagine doing their academic work without the aid of electronic devices.

As new technology can be rather expensive, students should research their potential purchases to ensure they are getting the all features they're sure they need. In addition, make sure to look for special "education pricing" available to students, which can considerably lower the cost of laptops and similar devices,.

Apple, Amazon and Best Buy are among the retailers that offer technology at lower prices for college students.

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