ETHICAL or NOT
Stanley Milgram’s experiment “Obedience to Authority” was designed to test the teachers conscious versus their obedience to authority. It’s tough to say whether or not the experiment was ethical or not. Even without knowing everything about the experiment. To my surprise, majority of the teachers would continue to shock the learner just because the person in charge said so. “ During a study, sociologists must ensure the safety of participants and immediately stop work if a subject becomes potentially endangered on any level(Openstax, 2016, pg. 43)So with saying all that I believe the experiment was ethical. At the end of the study they revealed the truth. The teacher was allowed to see and speak with the learner that was supposedly being shocked.
The “Stanford Prison Experiment” was a completely different experiment, which I don’t believe was ethical at all. I don’t believe it was ethical because volunteers were harmed physically and mentally. Even though, “Researchers must obtain participants informed consent and inform subjects of the responsibilities and risk of research before they agree to participate (Openstax, 2016, pg.43). Either you were a guard or a prisoner. The prisoners were put in cells, and they were told to act according to there role. The abuse the prisoners received from the guards caused all kinds of trauma and mental issues which passed the line of ethical.
After reading and watching the videos on both experiments. I’ve learned a lot more about each. Milgram’s experiment was worth all the troubles, but Zimbardo’ experiment was the total opposite. We’ve all learned so much from these two experiments which have played a whole in how we understand sociology today.
If I was a professional sociologist I would be interested in study the way cell phones affect our lives. I would research this because I can name one teenager or one adult that don’t use there phones for majority of the things they do. Technology is so huge in today’s society that your phones can be use for just about anything.