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Emily R-US, Feb. 23, 2014

Whether or not having the newest technology is a want or need depends on several factors. First one must look connotation of the word needs. Normally in a science setting a need is classified as something that one has to have to survive. Normally the only things classified as needs in this context are things like food, shelter, and clothing. In this case, having the newest cell phone would not be classified as a need. However, in today’s modern society having items like cell phone is developing into somewhat of a necessity. There are hardly any modern occupations that do not have some sort of use for cell phones. People need them to communicate with coworkers and also customers. In addition, computer technology is ever present in the work place. When one looks at technology from this point of view it becomes a need. Without it jobs cannot be completed, and without these jobs the true “needs” of humans (water, shelter, food, etc) cannot be met. Having the newest technology is no longer a form of entertainment in my opinion. It is developing into a necessity of life.

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  • Richard H.-US Richard H.-US Feb. 23, 2014
    Hm, I see your point, but I'm not sure I entirely agree. I do agree that cell phones have undoubtedly become a necessity in today's society, but I don't necessarily think that having the newest, most technologically up-to-date phone is a necessity (yet). Yes, cell phones are certainly needed to communicate with others, but do those phones need to be the “hippest, latest” models to function efficiently? I would say no - I can communicate with others perfectly fine with my “uncool” circa 2011 phone. With that said, new models definitely have features that can prove to be quite advantageous in the workplace, but there's a fine line between wants and needs, and while modern phones can definitely aid one's work, I don't consider them a necessity since it's far from impossible to work efficiently without them. Overall, though, your outlook is definitely valid, and it's very likely that in the near future that up-to-date cell phones COULD become more of a need and less of a want.
  • Caitlin Bond Caitlin Bond Feb. 24, 2014
    A cell phone, while it is not a device required to sustain life, has slowly become in our society a needed device for communication and efficiency. So, while I do agree that you do not need a phone to live, I do agree that to improve efficiency and communicate with others more often, cell phones have become a “need”.
  • Richard H.-US Richard H.-US Feb. 24, 2014
    I'm not disputing that at all - I even said in my post above that in today's society, cell phones have become a need over time. With that said, I don't think having a phone that's up-to-date on all the latest advancements is a need (at this time, but that could definitely change as society progresses). Those types of phones are definitely advantageous in both the workplace and society in general, don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't say that they're a need because one can still communicate efficiently with others using other phones; If I wanted to, I could have this discussion with you right now on a flip phone from 2005 - I wouldn't need a new model from 2014 to do so, and that was the point of my response. Cell phones have become a need in our society - that's undeniable. However, at this time, new technology is a want, not a need.

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Mary M, Feb. 21, 2014

In such a growing society, technology has shifted from a want to a need. No longer do we want cell phones, but we need them because we no longer have the ability to function without their use. Granted, a want can be formed from a need. For instance, it isn’t necessary to get the newest generation phone every time one comes out, rather, it is only necessary to buy a new one when the phone you have is no longer functioning.
Sometimes it is hard to take an outside look at the environmental costs of our purchases, we simply look at the depletion of our wallet instead. But if everyone went out and got the newest phone, we would have millions of phones piling up. Phones aren’t made of much-if any- compostable material, leaving landfills filled. Another thing is the material cost. Each phone takes away at our environment- like trees and such- and adds poisoning to our air. The energy to operate the factory, the gas to ship the phones, the land depleted to make way for power lines and towers, these are all effects we have when we go buy a phone. So, even if a phone is needed, the want rises from the urge to have the latest of everything.

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  • Wiebke Rahlf Wiebke Rahlf Feb. 22, 2014
    I think it's more complex than that. I mean, what would happen to all the people working in the factories, building those power lines and shipping the phones? The cell phone production is a huge business just because the media tells everyone how important the status is you get with the super new and best ever made phone they are releasing.
    One thing we could definitely do is to recycle old or unfunctioning technical devices and to not buy new ones before we really need them e.g. for work or school, but this would reduce the production sites as well and we have the problem of unemployment and all the other social factors again.
    Decreasing our carbon footprint is not as easy as I thought…

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Natalia W-US, Feb. 21, 2014

In some ways it’s a want and some ways it’s a need. Now a day in society it’s hard to communicate with others if that person does not have a cellphone. Parents tend to worry so a cellphone is a great way to get in touch. But now once a new cellphone comes out, all the teenagers want the newest version. Then having this cellphone becomes a want. Every year a new model of an iPhone comes out. No one really needs the newest model, its just when everyone starts getting the newest version it seems “cool” to have it to. Being modern and hi-tech is the thing of the present. The impact of all these new purchases is that people tend to not recycle their old cellphones and just keep them hidden in a shelf. If you’re addicted to buying new cellphones, you can seek help by seeing how much money you have used up from buying all your cellphones in the past.

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Rebecca P, Feb. 21, 2014

I think having the latest technology is definitely a want. People make us feel like we have to have it, but you really don’t. You may need some form of technology but you do not have to have the latest and greatest thing. Although, in todays society you actually do need it in some ways. Since the majority of people have cell phones, that is the only way you can contact them so you if you need to contacts them you will need a cellphone.
I only get a new cellphone when my contract is up but i don’t need a new model. And i actually don’t know what the impact of my cellphone purchases. I am not addicted so i don’t have to worry about that.

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Andrew Collins, Feb. 21, 2014

In Americas society we feel like we do need the latest things. That’s what the media portrays and how people have their jobs. Telemarketers make a living by selling the latest product. People want to need new things… That’s why Apple makes a “brand new” iPhone but it has the exact same features.

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  • Amber M-US Amber M-US Feb. 27, 2014
    I agree with you to on some of your points, but why not just appreciate the upgrade when it comes out? There is always an improvement with the product that makes it better and wanted by us Americans. The companies are trying to make us happy and are doing a very successful job at it. Most new iPhones have the same features to an extent, but they do get better with time! Like the most recent iPhone 5, it has a new slow motion feature AND fingerprint recognition. What other iPhone has those “exact same features”? What other iPhone comes in a Champagne or Charcoal Black color? No other one! So not every iPhone has the exact features as the older ones. They are improved and better made for us to enjoy!

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bjarin valur, Feb. 14, 2014

Although technology might not be a base need for humans, or any need at all for that matter, I do think that buying new technology is not just a bad thing but actually serves a valid purpose. Buying new tech stuff, throwing away your old, this may be bad for the environment but by buying new technology you are also helping with the creation of future technology. If everyone decided to stop buying new technology, there would be no money to make newer technology, and development in the field would slow down a great deal. But that’s just my opinion

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Birgir Aron, Feb. 14, 2014

The need of wanting something because others have it is pretty childish. In modern society with all the technological advances, peoples needs are nowhere near what people want. The technology for hospital equipment is something society needs for better health care. Simply advancing cellphone technology for peoples comfort is not needed and is simply what people want. I personally use my android phone like I did with my first cellphone I received, I only call, answer, send, and receive messages.

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Sigþór Helgason, Feb. 14, 2014

Why does people always purchase in the latest electrical ?

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  • bjarin valur bjarin valur Feb. 14, 2014
    this is a very delicate matter for americans, becouse like you fellow einztein user, they do not have friends and must there for rely on their new galaxy technology with built in Siri so they can have conversations with their phone and not be lonely and play snake.
  • Emily R-US Emily R-US Feb. 23, 2014
    It is a valid point to state that in America there is somewhat of an attachment to technology. However, I would no go to the extent that there is a complete absence of human interaction all due to the evils of having the newest cell phone. I, like many of my classmates, have an iPhone. I use it a good amount, and I will admit that I feel the need to have it with me. I do not however feel that it hinders my ability to interact with others. I have many friends and I am capable of having intelligent discussions with them without even thinking of using my phone. I spend hours of my day simply engaging in person to person conversation. On the topic of buying the latest technology, I agree that buying a new model of phone every time one comes out is a bit absurd, but technology upgrades are something that helps improve what humans are capable of! For instance, if no one ever bought an upgrade in technology I would not even be able to be participating in this discussion. I am commenting using a Mac book that my school has provided for me. If the newest technology was never purchased, computers could still be giant machines that took experts to operate. New technology can be truly beneficial, and upgrades have to be made at some point for any improvements to be seen.
  • Corey Parham Corey Parham Feb. 26, 2014
    You really shouldn't stereotype Americans like you do. while some do have their face buried in their phone many don't and live very active and social lives. I myself use my phone very minimal and just because you use your phone a lot in America doesn't mean you are lonely and play snake bro.
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Jóel Elvarsson, Feb. 14, 2014

Technology in general is and will be a need thing, but having the latest technology is a want thing. The products that we will have to morrow aren’t that much better than the technology that we have today. The reason why people want to have all the new tech stuff is because technology is like fashion, people just like to buy new stuff.

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Jóel Elvarsson, Feb. 14, 2014

Technology in general is and will be a need thing, but having the latest technology is a want thing. The products that we will have to morrow aren’t that much better than the technology that we have today. The reason why people want to have all the new tech stuff is because technology is like fashion, people just like to buy new stuff.

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  • bjarin valur bjarin valur Feb. 14, 2014
    Discovery is like baby steps, tomorrow's technology may not be that different from today's, but it is still good to pitch in and buy some, because next years technology will be

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