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4 Ways Student Housing Technology Can Improve Mental Health

This year, student housing technology looks a little different. To prepare for more online classes, students need adequate Wi-Fi connectivity and a safe place to perform coursework.

Student Mental Health – What can student housing technology providers do to help?

Over seventy percent of college students said they feel an increase in stress and anxiety from the pandemic (Journal of Mental Health). With school starting again, students are going to have a lot on their plate. How can we, as student housing technology providers help?

Better Internet Connection = Less Stress

According to a study by Cengage, internet connectivity is a major problem students face today. When selecting where to live on or around campus, students report that internet access is one of their highest priorities. In order to complete homework, engage in class and participate in group projects/meetings, students need a 24/7 reliable connectivity solution. With ImpruviX, your property can improve its bandwidth to better support your residents and get them back on their feet this year.

Increased Bandwidth means a Decrease in Feelings of Social Isolation

Outside of the classroom, internet access is hugely important for student social health. Since the start of the ongoing pandemic, college students felt a decrease in mental health due to “loneliness and isolation.” Student housing technology platforms help students stay connected to their family and friends through networks that support video conferencing. With today’s technologies, students should have access to the outside world, even if it’s only through a screen.

With COVID protocols in place on campus and abroad, it is important that young people are still getting the “college experience,” especially if they’re paying to live anywhere near campus. Student living needs to bring students connectivity solutions that go beyond the classroom, allowing them to connect to whomever they choose whenever they need.

News and Relaxation – Students are Turning to Traditional TV

According to Very Well Mind, an online mental health advocacy program, television can positively affect young adults. Their article, Why Watching TV Reruns Can Help Ease Stress, identifies two different scientific studies which report that watching reruns can decrease stress and increase concentration. WCI partners with DISH to provide popular streaming solutions like Netflix, Showtime, and Chromecast.

Streaming isn’t the only way students are watching TV. According to an article by U.S. News, the pandemic changed how people received their news, moving from online platforms back to traditional television. According to information gathered by BARB, television news consumption skyrocketed during the pandemic, reaching an average of nearly 60 minutes in March of 2020 (see below).  After sleeping, Americans spent most of their time last year watching television, averaging 3.1 hours per day in some states.

Visit https://wcitv.com/impruvix-connectivity/ to learn how we can increase your property’s bandwidth.