- Matthieu Miossec
- United Kingdom
Doctoral Student - Genetic Medecine (Congenital Heart Disease),
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We really need to talk about the bad behavior cell phones are causing
While technology has been a social facilitator at times, it wouldn't surprise anyone to hear that at other times it can lead to seriously antisocial or asocial behavior. This however is often identified as such and therefore discouraged in some form.
The specific problem with cell phone (and in particular smart phone) usage is that not only does it lead to similar antisocial behavior, that behavior seems to be more widely accepted than it objectively ought to be. One might, for example, never really question the priority with which a cell phone user interacts with other people, leaving long ackward silences in real-life conversations to engage in a text exchange. One might also never question the level of appropriatness of cell phone usage in certain situations. Do cell phones really need to be on in cinemas (silent or not), at certain social gatherings? My opinion on the matter is that cell phones today go much beyond their intended purpose, becoming a depency in some (the need to have it on at all times, the need to answer texts asap). Smart phones make things worse, providing a whole arsenal of features that make it more irresistible to take out your phone when its not needed for its intended purpose. Is there a need to confront bad behavior stemming from cell phone usage? Is it essentially leading to impoverished face-to-face interactions?