Colleges Bribe Students to Put Their Phones Away

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Educational institutions such as California State University and Penn State are using an app to encourage their students to avoid checking their phones during class. The app Pocket Points rewards budding scholars for keeping their phones locked with points toward free food or discounts at local stores. Would they rather goof off during a lecture or eat that good free food? By testing budding scholars with quandaries like that, Pocket Points helps students question the very meaning of choice. College is really just about learning how to learn, you know? This app will help with lessons like that.