Teachers in the U.K. will soon be prohibiting mobile phone use during the school day. Dozens of U.K. high schools that instituted bans on mobile phones saw significant improvement in scores on high-stakes tests. The increase was especially large for the lowest-performing pupils, who saw a jump in scores more than twice as large as the average student.
Experts suggest the U.S. should consider following the U.K.’s lead. Indeed, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has issued an advisory warning against excessive social media use.