The term cultural lag is used to describe the situation in which technological advancements or changes in society occur faster than the changes in the rules and norms of the culture that go along with those advancements or changes. This can lead to moral and ethical dilemmas for individuals as the new social norms are developed.
- To what level is the doctor liable when checking on a patient’s progress only via pictures taken using a mobile device?
- How much should patients trust such a method to ensure their health?
- What privacy laws exist to protect the patient by keeping pictures such as those only in the doctor’s office, not elsewhere?
Now you have seen examples of cultural lag.