Q: I don't have a cell phone. I've got a phone at work and one at home, so I'm usually reachable. Friends and family are forever pressuring me to get one, saying that I'm being very rude. Is that true?

A: "At a certain point, resisting technology stops being a principled stand and starts being inconsiderate. You have reached that point. I resisted a cell phone for a long time, on the grounds that I should be able to have private time. But when a technological development like e-mail or a cell phone changes the way everyone around you schedules their lives, does business, and communicates, you are willfully gumming up the works if you don't accept the change." — Jack Marshall, president, ProEthics

"No! Don't succumb to the pressure. As long as you're reasonably available by home telephone, work telephone, or e-mail, you shouldn't feel guilty." — Anita L. Allen, professor of law and philosophy, the University of Pennsylvania Law School


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