Feel the need to check your phone whilst driving? in church? or in the shower? Your not alone! But this doesn’t mean it’s right. Is this technological temptation driving our priorities into the ground!?
United Business Media (2006) identified that when individuals asked to describe the “circumstances under which they would turn their phones off or silence them, more people listed movies, restaurants, or meetings than sex” (p.1) http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/docview/201618386 . Intimate and personal moments are now no longer private and the shift in our attitudes (which is now heavily affected by technology), change the way that we react in specific spaces and places. The more our society is exposed to technology such as mobile phones, laptops, e-readers, televisions, is one step closer to becoming obsessed with what is going on in the world around us and the need to know right then and right now, no matter the place, space or time of day!
Although technology can be beneficial in many ways including the convenience of staying connected and safety in an emergency etc. (Education, 2013) http://www.education.com/facts/quickfacts-digital-world/risks-benefits-cellphone/ the above image is one example of how dangerous the distraction of a cell phone can be. Our great temptation to connect ourselves with the rest of the world may have horrible effects on our personal health, safety and well-being. Our personal space is being superseded by a global space, causing negative attitudes and negligence.
It is our choice to use this technology when and how we like, however what if destructive idea’s and attitudes were forced upon us through the use of technology? There is a vast difference between when moral lessons are embedded (moral dimension) in children’s shows and video games, and when violence always appears in context, and the context informs how we respond to it (aesthetic dimension) (Bowles, 2013).
“How Media Effects Children”
The effects of media on our attitudes, when watched personally can result in an attitude change and resemblance in a public space. Much like that stated in Nicole Steven’s blog “The iGeneration”, in which “the ‘real world’ has started to disappear, as well as our knowledge of what’s real and what isn’t. Pretty soon, there will emerge a generation that doesn’t even know what a letter is, or the meaning of having a conversation”. http://coleykstevens.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-igeneration/ This link between attitude change and the reliance on media has caused many worldwide moral issues. Unfortunately in many fast developing technological countries such as Japan, there are many moral issues and problems with regulation of the media.
Fortunately banned in Australia, Rapelay “a 3D rape simulation game developed by illusion” (Encyclopedia Gamia, 2012) http://gaming.wikia.com/wiki/Rapelay enables a player to get rewarded for sexually harassing and raping a mother and her two children. When played in the privacy of one’s home, how is this going to affect the attitude of an individual in the public space!!?? Of coarse one will have difficulty in separating reality from fantasy. Zerbisias (1997) states that “although ‘in and of itself, television is neither harmful nor positive,’ children must be educated to understand ‘the negatives of violence’ and “evolve a broad concept of its meaning and to ensure that they recognize its role in TV programs” p67. http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/docview/345663076
For those forms of media that are inexplicitly exposed to us, we need to be able to educate ourselves and others to understand what is harmful to our attitudes and how we act in different spaces of life. Think about what you watch, does it have subtle hints of sexual or violent attitudes??
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