Use of mobile technology more prevalent in U.S.
March 22, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Stephen Cheskiewicz, Mount Saint Mary College assistant
information technology professor.
Mount Saint Mary College assistant professor of information
technology, Stephen Cheskiewicz, said there is a stark difference
in the way students in the United States and those from other parts
of the world use technology.
Cheskiewicz’s talk, part of the Mount’s Investigating Research
on Campus (iROC) series, touched on how U.S. student internet
habits differ vastly from their Spanish peers. The data – taken
from a study conducted in collaboration with Miquel Colobran from
the Universtat Autonoma de Barcelona – examined student perceptions
of Internet security.
Cheskiewicz and Colobran’s study is based on the answers
provided by 1,600 college students from both countries.
“When we received the responses, we found that most of the U.S.,
students basically hit the click boxes, answering primarily only
the closed ended questions. Every section had an open ended
question at the end,” said Cheskiewicz. “Almost all of the Spanish
students took the time to answer all the questions and provided
thoughtful responses. They literally filled up the entire space we
When asked about what they consider to be the biggest online
threats, the Spanish respondents indicated they were mostly
concerned with issues such as cyberbullying and online predators.
Americans, however, were far more concerned with issues that can
lead to monetary damage, such as identity and credit card
Cheskiewicz and Colobran found that while most of the students
have similar devices at their disposal, the level of confidence in
their proficiency varies significantly between the two countries.
Cheskiewicz explained that most students in the survey consider
themselves to be self-taught, however, a much larger percentage of
Spanish students don’t consider themselves to be an expert when it
comes to technology, while American students tended to feel much
more confident in their skills.
Attitudes also differed in the students’ comfort level in
posting information online, as well as the amount of time spent on
“While walking around Barcelona, one of the first things I
noticed was that you didn’t see people walking in the streets on
their phones, and you absolutely did not see it in restaurants,”
said Cheskiewicz. “When I asked Miguel about it, he said no one
uses their cell phone when out with friends. It’s considered very
Cheskiewicz and Colobran will be presenting their findings at
the European Conference on Education (ECE2017) sponsored by the
International Academic Forum (IAFOR) in Brighton & Hove in the
United Kingdom in July. A book titled, “Com Preparar un Informe
Percale” (“Making an Expert Report of a Computer Crime”) is being
produced in Spain and will feature highlights from their study.