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Macey K-US, Feb. 26, 2014

Technology while it is a luxury has become a need in countries like the United States where families are spread out over long distances and children and parents are constantly split up due to extracurricular activities and friends and work. Technology being cell phones are a need in certain cases where you can make sure that your family member is safe. While in some cases technology is a necessity it is not always a necessity to have the latest in technology.

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  • Drew S USA Drew S USA Feb. 26, 2014
    Hi my name is Drew and i also agree with you, we are all privileged to have technology, but with the way that the world is now it is impossible to get anything, and i mean anything think about it, todays jobs, medicine, and food all involve technology. Also the more advanced the technology gets the more materials and resources we use, which is also going to hurt us. Overall we should have technology but not rely so heavily that it could come back to bite us. Also it is almost required to get the latest and the greatest, because the newer they get the more complex the softwares are and the compatibility between devices change so sometimes it is required there too.

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Jenna Baker, Oct. 14, 2013

I see a lot of posts that talk about the satisfaction of getting a new phone, but they usually use the iPhone as an example. Some even regard it as a the best, friendliest ‘smartphone’ out there. I disagree. Why buy a phone that comes out with a ‘new and improved’ verison a couple months later, only to leave you in despair with the want to throw your device away and get the new one? In my opinion, we need to move away from Apple, Windows, and Android.

But what should we do about the lack of a smartphone in this technology-run world we live in now? How do I get by without the ability to check email on my phone, ect.? Well, there’s a solution in progress right now. What if there was a special kind of phone that, when it updated with something new, you didn’t have to throw the entire phone away, and only that changed part?

Introducing Phoneblok, a phone that keeps all the parts seperated into individual blocks.

The link at the end of this post will send you to the official site, that will explain the phone in more detail, and is also accompanied with the video (the video is in English).

But I do believe a new phone is a want that is becoming a need— but this is due to our technology-dependent world. What do you guys think, and what’s your opinion on Phoneblok versus other phone companies like Apple or Android, or even Windows?

Jenna Baker
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  • Christian Swe-TE11 Christian Swe-TE11 Oct. 14, 2013
    I understand your point and I like the idea. The only problem that I can see is that the production cost would be to high to sustain right now and it would not be sustainable.
    An example today's car market use a version of your idea when they don't expect to make money by selling the car but instead of the aftermarket by repairs and upgrades. By doing this we lower the quality of the product.
  • Jennifer Farra Jennifer Farra Oct. 14, 2013
    Im Jennifer from the United States and I agree that buying a brand new product and only being satisfied it with for a few months before wanting the new and improved one is very wasteful. However, I do feel that Apple and Android are on the right track because their devices allow you to update the format of your phone. For example, the ios 7 on the Iphone updated the features and allowed everybody to once again feel at peace with their device, and it didnt make people crave the new upcoming device. I do agree with Christain because the production cost of Phoneblok would be very substaintial and not sustainable, which is what we need.
  • Emma K_NA11asve Emma K_NA11asve Oct. 14, 2013
    I've also heard about the PhoneBlok and even though I don't have enough knowledge to say wether the production costs would be to high, i think the idea in the long run IS sustainable. Wouldn't you say it'd be more expensive to create the amount of iphones that is produced today, because of the fact that so many people want to upgrade from an iphone 4s to a iphone 5, than it would to simply change smaller parts of your phone whenever they need reparations. This invention means that you will be able to have a useful phone for a longer period of time and whenever you need to switch one part out due to reparations, at least you wont have to throw the whole phone away, but only the small part that was broken. Also, there's a lot more possibilities to create interesting parts for the phone with more useful features, it can be used as so much more than a phone on a much higher level than an iphone or smartphone, which also will decrease the demand for those products in its original form.

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Cameron M- United States, Oct. 10, 2013

I feel as though technology such as phones used to be a need. Phones are necessary to communicate with others when you aren’t close enough to do it face to face. They provide a faster sense of community and help keep things organized and easier in life. But as technology is becoming more complex and advanced, it is becoming more of a want. Everyone wants the newest updates and models, even when the older version did pretty much the same thing. Apple even said that they sold over 9 million iPhones when the 5s and 5c debuted. Technology isn’t just a helpful way to communicate to others now, but a whole new addictive world that everyone wants to be a part of. Most people only want the newest phone because so many other people have or want it. They are just hopping on the bandwagon. The majority of the population depends on their phones and electronics now, but although they may seem great, they emit so much carbon dioxide. As a whole, the world should really start to try to limit their use of technology. I know some things are important like phone calls, but attempting to cut back on excessive texting, games, and less important things would even be a good start. The link down below touches on this “want vs need” subject, so check it out to learn more!

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Discussions Discussion Technology solutions for climate change
Sara LUSA, Oct. 10, 2013

While most of the world fixates on how to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases we emit into the atmosphere, scientists and engineers around the world are busy working on various “geo-engineering” technologies—many of which are highly theoretical—to mitigate global warming and its effects. One of the theories proposed for reducing global warming involves deflecting heat away from the Earth’s surface with solar shields or satellites with movable reflectors. Computer models suggest that blocking eight percent of the sun’s Earth-bound radiation would effectively counteract the warming effect of our CO2 pollution.Another technological fix involves “sequestration,” the storage of CO2 either deep underground or deep in the ocean. Some of the nation’s largest utilities, which are also “washing” coal to filter out impurities, are working on ways to capture the CO2 they emit and store it miles below the Earth’s surface.

These are only a few of many solutions that should be researched further and experimented upon.


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sydney nUSA, Oct. 10, 2013

Technology has made life very convenient for everyone. So why is technology also a bad thing? Every time we use a technological device, we use up energy. We create a carbon emission when we use technology. When we drive to school or when we turn on a light, we omit carbon (part of your carbon footprint). We can greatly reduce your carbon footprint by turning off your lights when you are not using them. We should try and walk or ride our bike as much as possible instead of driving. Also try and turn off your computer or phones when you are not using it. Doing these things can greatly reduce your carbon footprint!

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Lauren M-USA, Oct. 9, 2013

One of the topics that I seem to be hearing about more and more is technology addiction, especially in high school or college students. There have been so many experiments conducted that prove that some people cannot go even five minutes without touching technology in some way. Technology has gone from being a helpful source to being a need in basic everyday life. I also find it quite frightening that technology hasn’t even really been around for more than 15 years now; think about what the world will be like 50 years from now. This also relates to the carbon footprint project because so many people, myself included, are always using technology, not turning their computers off, wanting to buy the newest iPhone or flat-screen TV. I think if there’s any way to lower the carbon amount released by technology, it would be to work harder to stop this technology addiction. Of course, technology can be extremely helpful, but there are also many times when it can be extremely dangerous.

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  • Victoria S-USA Victoria S-USA Oct. 9, 2013
    I can agree with you. My phone is an addiction. I am on it for long periods of time causing the battery life to wear down. My chargers are always plugged in the wall. It doesn't matter if i am actually charging something or not. I also keep my electronics plugged in all night. This is a bad habit of mine. I know it doesn't take from the time i get home to the time i wake up in the morning to charge my phone. I am also constantly on my computer. The main reason is because it is for school use, but it can be used for things like streaming movies. I use a lot of energy with my electronics, just causing my carbon footprint to grow. I am trying to reduce my technology charging habits/hours of use. Any helpful suggestions?
  • Kayla L-United States Kayla L-United States Oct. 9, 2013
    I agree with you 100%. Technology is a huge addiction to young people. Our phones can distract us from things that we need to do. Many people are on their phones or computers at work or at school and are not focusing on what they need to be doing.
  • Lauren M-USA Lauren M-USA Oct. 10, 2013
    I really agree with you all about the hours spent charging electronics. That's something I /really/ need to reduce as well. I think charging electronics during the day instead of all night could really help conserve energy, and I'll definitely try it!
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Carrie C-USA, Oct. 8, 2013

Hey everyone! I’m Carrie and I’m from Texas! I think that technology itself is a need. I definitely need my phone and laptop. I use them so much everyday. Technology is necessary for communication and for any emergencies. Technology reassures parents that their kids are just a phone call or a text away, and same with the kids. Most middle and high schoolers have cell phones. Most high school and college students have laptops. I know my school requires us to have a laptop. Technology has done some great things for our society and can definitely be seen as a need for communication and school. But that’s different from the latest iPhone (I think we’re currently on the 5s or the 6). That is more of a want. Not only is it a want, but we feel that it’s a need thanks to the pressure of our society. The latest technology is advertised in every way, shape and form! Think about it, just driving to school, we can see advertisements for the latest technology on the radio, billboards, the Internet and sometimes even social media. Technology can also be addictive. As time goes on, and technology becomes more advanced, children are getting their hands on it at younger ages every day. Kids aren’t playing so much outdoors anymore because they’d rather be inside playing on their computer or iPhone, and that leads to health issues, too. I think technology can be a very beneficial thing to our society as long as it is not misused and/or overused.

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  • Carrie C-USA Carrie C-USA Oct. 9, 2013
    I totally agree! Recycling our electronics would help contribute to the cause of trying to decrease our carbon footprint. We might not be able to use them again, because most of them are broken or waterlogged. But I know that some schools and other organizations have drives to recycle old electronics. My school actually just had a small electronics drive and we have big electronics drive every quarter!
  • Meredith D-UnitedstatesofAmerica Meredith D-UnitedstatesofAmerica Oct. 9, 2013
    We tend to get new objects every time a new one comes out. When the next iphone or kindle come out we are always the first in line. We can donate them to the less fortunate or give them to a small electronics drive. And it doesn't stop there. I know we all have old Cds we don't use and tapes from the dinosaur age we can recycle.
  • Cat G Cat G Oct. 17, 2013
    Technology is coming to the point where as soon as it is made it is almost outdated because the new “it” device comes out almost immediately and then becomes an object of desire for consumers. So yes it is beneficial, but the way that we market technology is detrimental. Also, yes technology is a good thing but we have also become more and more reliant on it. This spreads to our younger generations as well and we have the problem of being too reliant on technology and being almost unable to function without it As a society, we need to take a step back and reevaluate the role technology plays in our society.
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Kylee S-USA, Oct. 7, 2013

Wants vs. Needs
I feel as though the society we live in today, thrives off of having the latest technology. Once something new comes out, like the latest edition of the IPhone or a brand new laptop, everyone has to have it. Suddenly all the older versions aren’t needed anymore and the carbon footprint they have is left. Getting new electronics and devices so often, increases our carbon footprint greatly. By decreasing our carbon footprint we have to decide if we just want to newest items, or if we really need them. Most of the time we just want them, to look cool or to show off that we have it or simply because our friends have it. If we only got what we needed then our carbon footprint would be significantly less because we wouldn’t be constantly buying the latest items and ditching the older ones. Next time you’re thinking about getting the newest phone or device, just ask yourself: Do I really need this or do I just want it?

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  • Caroline P. (USA) Caroline P. (USA) Oct. 8, 2013
    Rachel, I see that that the article from ifixit.org was from 2012. They was a newer model released since then, but I'm not entirely sure if this problem has been fixed. However, recently, the former chief of the EPA is now the leader of apple's environmental policy. Therefore. I think that we will be seeing major environmental improvements in the newer versions of the MacBook. See: http://www.ecogeek.org/component/content/article/3868
  • Rachel P-US Rachel P-US Oct. 8, 2013
    That's a good point Caroline. I hope as well that there will be improvements in the new version of the MacBook.
  • Hannah T-USA Hannah T-USA Oct. 10, 2013
    This is so true Kylee! everyone is so focused on whats next and newest. However you can recycle electronic devices! Most major cell phone carriers now offer some kind of recycling option for electronics.They may be disassembled for parts or resold. this is a great way to eliminate the amount of electronics wasted and keep it from piling up in a landfill.
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Michael H-USA, Oct. 6, 2013

Hi, my name is Michael and I am a high school student in Oakland, California.
My opinion is that the lust for new technology is most definitely want-based, but we justify our want for these new items through advertising them to others as a need, or to yourself as a “deserve”. I say this from experience and practice, but perhaps others can relate to and understand this as well when I provide the following examples.

You are a young child wanting a new present for your birthday. You see a new video game, or a different non-essential-to-your-continuing-existence object, and you tell your parents that this is what you want for your birthday. Your parents, seeing the price tag, tell you to pick out your favorite book instead. You, confused why your parents would deny the only thing you asked for for your birthday, decide to form a case to your parents to convince them that, no, this video game is not just what you want, it is what you need. Perhaps if you are young enough, one of the basic human ways to advertise this would be to break down in tears at the refusal, but either way, you change your attitude from a simple “I want” to a more complex “I need” to increase your chances of getting this new item. People are often more inclined to listen if it is something you need rather than something you want.

You are a college student who has just taken your last final for the semester. You have a job, but not too much money, and you are constantly in worry of your checks bouncing or your credit dropping. However, you are feeling really great that finals have ended, and you walk pass the campus Apple Store. You see the new iPod, and your mind’s neon sign immediately flashes “I want that”. Your mind then reminds you that you are a poor college student, who has no need for this new iPod, but then your id tries to convince your mind “yes I do”. It would help you study, allow your down time to be more down, and most importantly, that you deserve this, you’ve worked hard all semester for this and it is time to treat yourself. You splurge, and are happy, and try not to think about the end of the month.

While we may not all be able to relate to these fictitious situations, hopefully you can all see that, perhaps indefinitely, the “need” is actually the “want” in sheep’s clothing. Promoting something as a need will often land you the item while admitting it is desire will not. Honestly, there is not much we can do to change this natural human greed, or is there?

Michael H-USA
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  • Anna C-USA Anna C-USA Oct. 6, 2013
    I agree that many times the purchase of technology is a want, especially in wanting the newest video game or iPhone that has just been released. These purchases can definitely be associated with greed, however, I feel that in our society today, certain technologies can sometimes become a necessity.

    For example, I attend a school in which all of the students are required to purchase the same laptop and use it all 4 years. These laptops provide a place to take notes, a way to communicate with teachers and other students, and reduce our paper usage with the capability of completing and turning in assignments virtually. Without these laptops, our school would not be able to function properly as they are the center of all that we do in the classroom. In this situation, I feel that the purpose of technology is a necessity due to how essential the laptop is for day to day education. In addition, the laptops can reduce our carbon footprints through reducing the amount of paper we use each day.

    Another example to support this is the average businessman or woman. These people constantly have their smart phone on them, ready for the next call or email from a client or coworker. Even on vacation, these men and women are using their laptops or smart phones for the portable ability to connect with their business and complete work from miles away. Attached is an article that expresses the significance of technology in the workplace, including points about improving efficiency and communication. Because of the benefits of technology in the workplace, many working men and women use smart phones and laptops daily, making those without these devices easily fall behind and not be able to keep up. For this reason, technology is becoming a necessity to a certain point in society today. Though always having the newest iPhone or Mac is not need based, a smart phone and laptop are slowly becoming something essential to success in our world and workforce.
  • Lilli S-USA Lilli S-USA Oct. 7, 2013
    I keep seeing this point come up. I think when it comes to wants vs. needs concerning technology, balance is key! I would agree with Anna that in our day and age, certain technologies, such as our smart phones, laptops etc. are needed. Other things, in my opinion, such as video games, are not needed to survive in our society. And we always need to be smart when using technology. I think, we need to find time in the day to spend away from the glare of the screens that surround us 24/7. So, some technology is needed in our lives but not too much.

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Kamelia R-USA, Oct. 2, 2013

I think that the majority of people worldwide buy the newest smartphones because they want them. Every time when there is a new phone that is going to be released in a couple of days, there would be people with chairs and tents in front of the store only because those people want to be the first ones to get them. I think that this is unnecessary because this new phone is not an UNLIMITED edition or something, it is going to get released and stay at the store until and after a new smart phone is released.
It is OK to have a good and fast smart phone if you only NEED it and if it is for work and school.

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  • Jimmy Pro Jimmy Pro Oct. 3, 2013
    I agree with what you are saying. People are letting technology control their lives and it is not healthy. The modern age people should stop relying on getting the newest things when in fact most older technology is just a capable as the newer item
  • Brianna B-USA Brianna B-USA Oct. 3, 2013
    I strongly feel that people are crazy when it comes to the newest technology. I mean, don't get me wrong, the items that come out nowadays are pretty cool, but are they really necessary? I don't think so. The world around us don't know what they actually need. They focus more on the wants than the needs.
  • Amihan A-usa Amihan A-usa Oct. 4, 2013
    I think that many people want the newest technology and have to have it. However, technology is something that we use in our every day lives and not having the newest technology could be troublesome. I think the best solution for problems that come with technology would be to limit the time that we spend on them. The problem isn't technology, it's us using technology.
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