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In ONE paragraph, how would you argue that 'cell phones' are/are not moral or ethical?

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lizg10 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 13, 2010 at 5:41 AM via web

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In ONE paragraph, how would you argue that 'cell phones' are/are not moral or ethical?

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mapriem | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 13, 2010 at 6:15 AM (Answer #1)

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Cell phones cannot be moral or ethical because they are objects and don't think or behave. For something to be moral or ethical it must be related to a behavior or act that is judged by a set of values. People use cell phones in ways that may be unethical or immoral but the cell phone itself cannot be.

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 13, 2010 at 6:26 AM (Answer #2)

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I agree with the post above. Since you have to write about this, though, you should decide what you think, and then outline the reasons why, pro or con. Or, you could write a paragraph about the pros AND cons. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Cell phones being used to take pictures of people who are unaware that their pictures are being taken - unethical and immoral.
  2. Cell phones being used to take naked pictures and then sending the pictures to people - unethical and immoral.
  3. Cell phones being used unethically by stealing peoples' contact information and then making prank calls, or unsolicited sales calls.
  4. Prepaid cell phones being used to arrange drug sales, or set up other types of illegal activities and then discarded because they cannot be traced - immoral, unethical and illegal.

What are some ideas that YOU have?

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted March 13, 2010 at 12:55 PM (Answer #3)

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Maybe is what you are looking for here is whether or not cell phones are relied upon too much in today's society. Virtually everyone has a cell phone in these days. I believe that cell phones have many great uses such as reporting accidents, checking on children and other family members, and staying in touch with people. Other great uses for cell phones include storing pictures and music and reminding us of appointments. They also help us save time by making communication easier.

What makes cell phone usage not moral is texting while driving. This is incredibly dangerous and many people have died doing it. Cell phones also have caused a cut back in face to face communication which is not healthy.

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 14, 2010 at 2:29 AM (Answer #4)

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I believe you are referring to the use of cell phones in situations where it would be unethical or immoral to use.

The use of cellphones in the 21st century has become so ubiquitous that people are forgetting the basic rules of etiquette by not considering when is a good time or place to begin a conversation, or receive a call. When people simply allow for their phones to ring during an important ocasion such as a church service, or a meeting, they are disregarding the rights of others to not take a part of that person's life. When cellphone usage meets the law, the problem is that when it comes to driving, texting, and talking, cellphone users are again taking a dig at the rights of others. This is how cellphones can be highly unethical and, to a humanistic perspective, abusive of other people's rights.

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