Put Down Your Damn Cell Phones

Jadelin Pikake Felipe, Inside Higher Ed, Dec 21, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The original title for this post was "Colleges need to teach healthy digital boundaries," which I guess wasn't click-bait enough for the IHE editors. And my first thought on reading it was that, if they're going to teach about healthy boundaries, they should know how to recognize healthy boundaries. "Every day, I see two people having lunch with one another, both glued to their cellphones, not talking. And I cannot help but think: something valuable is being lost." Oh, how awful. But where were these complaints when you would see, say, two people reading a newspaper, or two people reading paperbacks? The only thing wrong with this picture is the judgement. It's unhealthy to use a mobile phone when you're driving. At the lunch table, it's perfectly fine, and very definitely not unhealthy. Image: Candace Smith Etiquette.

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