The Subtle Ethics of Cell Phone Culture
Cell phones have become totally integrated into our daily lives. Sitting in the classroom, on the bus, at the dinner table, we find ourselves constantly checking our cell phones for messages and updates. Now that the internet is available on our phones some seem to literally have their phones glued to their hands.
The impact of cell phones is seen in our legislation, and even serves as key evidence in political corruption. In the celebrity realm a stolen cell phone can ignite massive scandals damaging to individual reputation, family members, and anyone associated with that celebrity. We've seen the emergence of new forms of bulling and sexual harassment, and new challenges to school administrators in determining their role in appropriate cell phone usage.
Some studies have produced evidence that link cell phone use to cancer and neurological disorders, but few involve human subjects and the findings are sometimes conflicting. Some argue that cell phones have not been in use long enough for us to see their harmful side effects. Are there psychological threats that current research might overlook? Given that cell phones are potentially hazardous to our health, why do we constantly push for more availability and advancement of cell phone technology? Finally, how do we deal with more subtle ethics such as teaching our children safe and responsible cell phone use?