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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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?
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.