Nearly two thirds of students copy information from the web in their coursework, without changing it, says the Cranfield School of Management.

Research by the organisation revealed that over a quarter believed this was an acceptable practice.

The Cranfield School of Management also highlighted that 30 percent of pupils have used 'text speak' or abbreviations used when sending SMS such as RU (are you) in their school work. Nearly 40 percent said 'text speak' has ruined the quality of their written work and affected their ability spell.

A third of students said they were addicted to their mobile phone and nearly three quarters claimed they would make an excuse to leave the classroom and answer their phone, if they received a call during lessons.

When it comes to the web, 20 percent of students said they spent as much as five hours online every day.

"Our research shows that technology obsession hinders spelling skills, implicitly encourages plagiarism and disrupts classroom learning," said Andrew Kakabadse, professor of international management development at Cranfield

He added: "despite school policies restricting mobile phone usage, students use the phone frequently with the majority making calls from the toilets".

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