Do you spend too much time online?

Louise Christopher, 2nd year BA (Hons) Education Studies

Devices: Laptop, iPhone

How do you use them?

I write assignments on my laptop, and we can use phones to google things in lectures, like journal articles.  

What are the essential devices for uni?

I’d say a laptop and phone are essential – laptop for uni, phone for social stuff.

Do you spend too much time online?

I do, but I just give into it. We always go crazy in my house when the Wi-Fi cuts out.

Christian Fregling, 3rd year BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Maritime Law

Devices: iMac, iPad, MacBook, iPhone.

How do you use them?

I use my MacBook for lectures, and the phone is mostly for keeping in touch with people. We use Facebook and WhatsApp for group work and sharing ideas too. I also use it for socialising with other international students – I recently cooked a big German dinner for the friends that I first got to know through a group on Facebook.

Daniel Ward, 1st year BA (Hons) Graphic Communications with Typography

Devices: iPhone, MacBook, iPad.

How do you use them? 

My MacBook has all the design software on it for my course. My lecturers didn’t like us using our phones to make notes – they probably don’t want us going on Facebook.

Has technology helped you make friends?

It really helps. I knew a few people in my halls before I got here – it helped us bond because you have banter and chat before you meet. I’ve got a course chat, a chat for my flatmates, one for friends I’ve made…I’ve got about five different chats going on.

Nick Powell, Liam Jones, Ben Jones, Charles Murphy (l-r) 3rd year BSc (Hons) Building Surveying and the Environment and BSc (Hons) Construction Management and the Environment

Devices: Laptops and phones.

What are you doing at the moment?

We’re working on our dissertations, although not a lot of work is getting done today.

Which device is the most essential to you?

Our phones.

Katie Philips, 1st year BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

Devices: iPad, laptop, iPhone.

How do you use them?

I commute, so I bring my iPad and leave my laptop at home. Because I don’t live on campus, social media has helped me to make friends and meet people. There’s a Biomed Society Facebook group; you get invited to events.

Are you always plugged into social media?

I’m quite reliant on Facebook. I sometimes think “Come on, get on with your work.”


Te Wei Hong, 3rd year BA (Hons) 3D Design

Devices: Android phone, MacBook.

How do you use them?

I don’t use it for social stuff, I’m really focused on my course. I’ve just started using Twitter, but only to network. I’m too busy for much socialising, but I do like to share ideas and help people, so I’ve joined some groups online. I’m not always on Facebook or anything, that’s not what I’m here for – this year is all about work.


Alec de la Fuente, 2nd year BSc (Hons) Marine Biology

Devices: MP3 player, laptop, old-school Nokia phone.

What did you bring?

I brought on an old MP3 player and phone, and I bought the laptop when I got here. I use the laptop for uni and to speak to family back home in Lanzarote. I wear my headphones every day but I don’t use social media. If someone needs me then they have to call me.

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Student Life magazine: Spring 2016 issue 2