The continued advancements in technology today carry with them the inventions of new folkways. One of these technological innovations comes in the form of a compact cellular phone. Because of their seemingly infinite uses they have become the staple of American culture. They become especially useful to college students who are seldom in one place for too long and even more so to junior college students that typically have to travel some distance to the classroom. From the administrators and teachers standpoint, that is where the benefits of the phones end. A ringing or vibrating phone does not foster learning, instead it interrupts and prohibits the learning experience. It is in this way that the folkway has been established that delegates when and where cellular phones are to be used, the classroom not being an acceptable forum.
If I did not consider myself a risk-taker and if I did not want to elicit numerous and varying responses I would not have chosen to undertake the specific endeavor I opted for. The majority of students and teachers have encountered the breaking of this folkway before. Out of nowhere a sudden shrieking ring is heard and a student hurriedly reaches into his bag and quickly shuts off the phone. All t... Continue Reading