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Mobile phones are increasingly becoming the most common way we communicate, yet this change comes with problems. We live in a society where mobile phones are used to communicate globally. Depending on the culture of a country, issues surrounding the idea of mobile phones differ.
A study investigated and compared the usage of mobile phones in Sweden, Japan and the USA. This study explored a number of cultural differences that were problematic, or not, to each country. I found it interesting that they asked all three countries if they use their mobile phone quietly in public spaces. Japan and Sweden said they are quiet, whereas USA expressed that they are not quiet if they need to use their phone in public. (Baron & Segerstad, 2010). This can be an example of ethical issues being prominent in some countries, but not others. If an American were to travel to Japan, they may still use their mobile phone loudly in a public space, and be seen as being rude without understanding why.
The issue of cyberbullying has been an ongoing issue in Australia, and is increasingly getting worse. (Price & Dalgleish, 2010). Australia is now introducing school policies in response to cyberbullying. Australian schools have found a convincing connection between cyberbullying, and technologies being used during school. Many schools have already banned mobile phones from classroom, and Australia believes this is an appropriate and effective implication to decrease the ethical issue of cyberbullying. (Butler & Dalgleish, 2010). The way that students communicate is imperative to their learning, and the presence of cyberbullying is detrimental to students and their education.
Being more mindful about the way we use, and when we use our mobile phones, can ensure that we globally reduce issues relating to our mobile phones.
Baron, N. S., & af Segerstad, Y. H. (2010). Cross-cultural patterns in mobile-phone use: Public space and reachability in Sweden, the USA and Japan. New Media & Society, 12(1), 13-34.
Butler, D. A., Kift, S. M., Campbell, M. A., Slee, P., & Spears, B. (2011). School policy responses to cyberbullying: An Australian legal perspective. International Journal of Law and Education, 16(2), 7-28.
Price, M., & Dalgleish, J. (2010). Cyberbullying: Experiences, impacts and coping strategies as described by Australian young people. Youth Studies Australia, 29(2), 51.