Protect Your Bubble Presents The Evolution of College Student Technologies and Devices: Then and Now

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Gadget Insurance and Warranty Provider Offers Parents Tips to Protecting Their Student’s Technology Investments

Suffice it to say the majority of college students are toting around a small fortune in the form of technology gadgets.

Incoming college freshman are swarming college campuses this month armed with much more than mini-fridges, futons, red bull, and ramen noodles. Students are bringing with them an arsenal of technology gadgets: iPads, laptops, tablets, eReaders, smartphones, and iPods. These devices have become pre-requisites for attending higher learning institutions.

This on-campus technology phenomenon has morphed quickly in the past 20 years. In 1992, the average college student’s lifestyle was more simplistic. Students’ lives—and their study habits—weren’t governed by the new tools of information technology.

"Students these days are so much more dependent on technology," said Craig Forest, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. "From the time I was a student in the 90's to being a professor now, the preponderance of gadgets in and out of the classroom has completely changed. It seems this trend will only increase and as educators at Georgia Tech, we are embracing it.”

Let’s take a look at the difference then and now.

Freshmen Then - 20 Years Ago:

  •     Sending weekly emails home from crowded dorm computer labs sporting large desktops and towers
  •     Taking lecture notes on paper with pen and pencil
  •     Meeting with study groups face to face at the library
  •     Lugging around 5-pound textbooks, highlighters and Post-it® bookmark tabs
  •     Using paper planners for scheduling and productivity
  •     Asking professors questions after class or during pre-scheduled office hours
  •     Watching The Cosby Show, Full House, Home Improvement and Wings on dorm room

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Freshman Now - 2012:

  •     Texting daily from smartphones and holding parental webcam sessions on sleek MacBooks
  •     Toting laptops, netbooks, and iPads to class for note taking
  •     Meeting with study groups via Skype and Google+ Hangout
  •     Downloading, buying and renting textbooks in e-book format on eReaders
  •     Downloading apps to set up and organize academic workloads
  •     Asking questions via interactive response systems and chat windows during lectures
  •     Streaming NCIS, The Voice, and True Blood on tablets, mobile devices, game consoles, and laptops via Hulu, Netflix and HBO GO subscriptions

Suffice it to say the majority of college students are toting around a small fortune in the form of technology gadgets. That’s why Protect Your Bubble, a laptop and gadget warranty and insurance provider, is offering the following tips to protect students’ beloved devices—and their parents’ wallets—from loss, breakage, failure or theft:

  •     Backup, backup, backup: Late night study sessions, hot coffee, and laptops don’t mix. Although college students might be invincible, their devices certainly are not. Besides getting a laptop warranty, backing up is the savior of every college student. A number of solutions exist in the form of online services, USB flash drives and external hard drives.
  •     Purchase an extra laptop battery: Seats in classrooms, student centers and coffee shops next to electrical outlets are always in demand. Lackluster battery life can be a killer in the middle of an important lecture when a power outlet isn’t available. PC users will benefit greatly with access to an extra battery.
  •     Invest in gadget protection: For cash strapped, tech-dependent students who rely on gadgets for everyday studying and socializing, going days or weeks without their device due to breakage or theft is unthinkable—and worse than showing up to class naked.
  •     Consider extra bandwidth: Due to unprecedented growth and use of web-connected gadgets, slow bandwidth and limited coverage availability on campus are real issues university administrations are trying to address. Many parents choose to allay student frustration with a supplemental broadband Internet service.

About Protect Your Bubble
Protect Your Bubble is a specialty insurance brand, offering insurance for gadgets, pets and travel - all for today’s modern consumer.

  •     Gadget - Smartphone and tablet insurance covers loss, theft and water damage and consumers will receive a replacement device in 24 hours. Home gadget warranties provide coverage for mechanical breakdown and accidental damage for laptops, game consoles and cameras as well as mechanical breakdown for appliances, televisions, desktop computers, home theater systems and more.
  •     Travel - Plans provide a variety of coverage for single and multi-trip options including cancellation, interruption, medical/dental, baggage, rental car and much more like 24/7 emergency services including, consult a doctor, roadside assistance, restaurant reservations and even set up tee times through their concierge services.
  •     Pet - Plans provide up to 90 percent reimbursement for covered vet charges for eligible accidents, illnesses, hereditary conditions and routine wellness visits. They allow owners to visit any licensed vet in the country. Additionally, annual deductible options start at $100 which only needs to be met once per plan year.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Protect Your Bubble is available online, via mobile app or phone, allowing consumers to understand, buy and, most importantly, protect what enriches their lives. Find Protect Your Bubble USA on Facebook or Twitter (@PYBUSA) or visit http://www.protectyourbubble.comfor more information or to get a two-minute quote today.

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