Students in higher education: Social and academic uses of digital technology
© The Author(s) 2015
Received: 15 December 2013
Accepted: 15 March 2014
Published: 15 January 2015
This article presents the results of an in-depth interview of twenty Education students at a public face-to-face university in Catalonia on how they use digital technologies in their social and academic lives. The results show that while students have a certain level of competence in digital technology, the way they use the technologies varies according to their purpose. The results also show that social networks and WhatsApp are the most important applications for students, because they enable them to contact others, communicate with each other over long distances, and contact people with shared interests.