Privacy is important to humans because it gives us control over our current and future experiences. In private situations, we share our selves and our information with those we select, when we select. In the West, walls and doors have traditionally been used to keep private stuff for intended eyes and ears only.
New research indicates that smart phones are setting our concept of privacy on its head.
Drs. Tali Hatuka and Eran Toch, from Tel Aviv University have learned that (according to a press release issued by the American Friends of Tel Aviv University) “although spaces such as city squares, parks, or transportation were once seen as public meeting points, smart phone users are more and more caught up in their technology-based communications devices than their immediate surroundings.” People using smart phones “are 70 percent more likely than regular cellphone users to believe that their phones afford them a great deal of privacy, says Dr. Toch . . . These users are more willing to reveal private issues in public spaces. They are also less concerned about bothering individuals who share those spaces, he says.”