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The Anthropology of the Cell Phone

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Publication Date: November 2002

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): David Kraemer

Series: CLAL on Culture Archive (November 21, 2002)

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Culture and civilization)
Social conditions (Social values)

Keywords: Mental Health; Identity Formation; Future; Social Patterns

Type: Brief


The author ponders what long-term effect the cell phone will have on personal identities and human interactions. He consideres both positive and negative repercussions, predicting that ultimately cell phones will cause more harm than benefit to relationships.