According to Oxford Dictionaries, the definition of a need is a circumstance in which something is necessary. In my words, a need is something you cannot live with out; for example, food, water, etc.
We need these materials to sustain our life, but in today’s world a “need” has a different definition.
Almost every 6 months a new iphone or a new incredible piece of technology comes out on sale. This is the time where a want becomes a need. We, as teenagers, want the newest technology so bad that it becomes something we can’t live without. Now I have an Iphone and I just recently researched how much these phones are affecting the environment.
It started off with the very first Iphone. Environmentalists opened up the iphone and found that it was full of hazardous chemicals. They confronted Apple, and the company then promised to stop the production of these chemicals in their next product, the Iphone 3. A few months later this product came out and the environmentalists checked this device. They found little to no change in the toxic chemicals that the last iphone contained. Since this problem occured, Apple has now increased the efficiency of their products, they have started recycling their used iphones, and have dialed down on the chemicals that they use. This was a major change that definitely helped our environment.
Having a phone or the newest technology is not a need. It is a definite want. I know some phones are great for communication and really make your day easier, but some phones really hurt our environment. It is our job to choose the most efficient technology and to make sure we know its a want and not a need.