Behavior Analysis (Texting In Class)

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PSYC103secM04 Professor Hamel Robert Shepherd 2/8/11 “Texting In Class” We have all seen it. You are sitting in class and you hear a surprisingly loud tapping noise next to you. You look over to discover your classmate feverously punching buttons on their cell phone. Some only do it on occasion but then there are others who you see every lecture doing nothing but text messaging, not even glancing at the professor once. How could they think this is acceptable? Not only is it extremely disrespectful to the professor but also very wasteful of his or her own time and money they spent in order to be in the class. The answer lies within the "texter's" mind. Controlled by their perceptions, train of thought, choice and general influence of current sociocultural factors. The way that one perceives, thinks about and ultimately reacts in a situation is the basis of a cognitive analysis. The in class "texter" may not perceive text messaging in class as inappropriate. They feel that if they want to text in class, it is their right. The cognitive mind may perceive the professor as not diligent enough to even catch them and when they do get caught, they fail to process that their actions were unacceptable. These thought patterns lead to this inappropriate behavior. I have personally overheard students in classes talking about how "they never get caught" because they are too sly for the professor. I have also seen those same students get caught and simply brush it off as if the professor was being too strict and infringing upon their rights, completely oblivious to the rude and disrespectful nature of their actions. The humanistic-existential based idea of being completely in control of your personal behavior and actions is very applicable to the in-class text messaging scenario. The choice to bring and use a cell phone in class is entirely up to the student,

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