Many adolescents use the Internet, cell phones, television, and computer and video games on a daily basis. Therefore, an important question for educators is: how is technology affecting adolescents' quality and quantity of sleep, their attention difficulties, and their academic performance? The purpose of the current project was to examine the relationships between adolescent self-reports of technology usage, sleep patterns, attention difficulties and academic achievement. Results indicated that nocturnal technology use has a negative impact on adolescents' quality and quantity of sleep. Furthermore both technology use in general and reported attention difficulties have a negative impact on adolescents' academic achievement. Finally, general technology use was not found to have a significant impact on adolescents' academic achievement or reported sleep quantity. Since technology is such an integral part of most adolescents' lives, it is important to understand the impact it has on their sleep, attention difficulties and academic achievement.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Teenagers--Sleep; Academic achievement; Sleep--Psychological aspects; Internet and teenagers; Technology and youth; Sleep deprivation--Social aspects

Publication Date


Document Type

Senior Project

Student Type


Degree Name

School Psychology (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Department of Psychology (CLA)


Lukomski, Jennifer

Advisor/Committee Member

Merydith, Scott


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