Cell phone jammer man, also known as Eric, decided to use one of these devices to silence those who were disruptively using their handsets on buses. According to researchers at Cornell University, “the human brain is particularly irritated by half-heard conversations because they mess with our mental sense of order.”
Right now, it’s what you could call a Philadelphia-area bus rider who’s set the online world abuzz with his brazen use of a cellphone jammer. He used the device to shut down fellow commuters when he deemed they were yakking too loudly on their cellphones and presumably annoying everyone around them.
Cell phone jamming isn’t a new concept but the fact that it can also interfere with other signals, such as police radios, means they’re not exactly common-place. In 2010, one Maryland prison installed a cell phone jammer as part of a test — the aim was to stop prisoners using cell phones to plan crimes happening outside of prison. However, even this move was considered controversial because of the risk of blocking signals areas adjacent to the prison.
The man, identified only as Eric, was spotted jamming people’s cell phones by an NBC10 employee who tipped off her colleagues. When confronted by NBC10 investigators, Eric said, “I guess I’m taking the law into my own hands, and quite frankly, I’m proud of it.” He later added that he doesn’t want to hear people talking on their phones in public. “A lot of people are extremely loud, no sense of just privacy or anything. When it becomes a bother, that’s when I screw on the antenna and flip the switch,” he said.
What’s your opinion on cell phone jammers? Are they too risky to be used at all, or do you think they’d be perfect for places like the movie theater or library? Let us know in the comments below!