There are many pieces of technology that are wants and many that are needs. A want for me is being driven to school. I simply refuse to give this up. Where I do carpool often with another student I really don’t have to get a ride. If I wanted to I could either walk or ride my bike to school, but it is a matter of wanting more sleep. When I do get a ride I usually end up either riding my bike or taking the bus home, because no one can pick me up. I also have some wants in technology that I am willing to give up an example of that is taking long showers I could easily cut the time I take in the shower in half and nothing would change. I also have some technology that I need and if I did not have access to it, would greatly complicate my life. I need my phone where most people do not; I would have an incredibly hard time with day to day life. Not just because I want to talk to friends but since my parents are divorced, I need my phone to find out what house I am staying at and where my stuff is. Where I use my phone often I do not have a smart phone and have had my phone for almost two years. As for mp3s and IPods I do not own one and listen to music on my computer when I want to. As for the impact that my purchases have on the environment I do notice and take account of that. That is the reason that I do not buy new electronic devices as often could.
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The latest technology is definitely a want how ever with the world turning so technologically dependent the common Nokia or Samsung isn’t quite enough to stay caught up with the rest of the world. iPhones, Androids, all smart phones keep society moving at a fast pace with connections to social media sights where one can find out how their friend across the world is doing in a blink of an eye. All this advance technology is great but unnecessary in daily life as humans have thrived for many years with out it but soon the technology will take over life even more than it already is now. Soon there wont be such thing as a keyboard phone in a few years as the technology keeps advancing more and more. As technology advances the more amount of time it will take up daily life.
Of course you receive a sense of satisfaction when you get a new phone, or a new xbox or other technology stuff. But this isn’t always as bad as we think. I agree that it’s a want, but I also think that is it a big need in this question too.
Well, I agree that we can live without it, but everything would be a bit more complicated. It is a fact that the technology has increased rapidly in our society the latest 10 years, and that we have develop an addiction to it. But I think it’s important to see that this isn’t just bad, it’s necessary too. There are lots of apps that actually are for good help, like GPS, the weather app, a lot of work has their schedules as apps, news feed, calculator etc. Well of course there are unnecessary apps too, but together with the fact that we live in the 21th century and the technology is as big as it is today, we shouldn’t be so hard on it. But we should do what we can.
I totally agree that we all should try to keep our technology stuff as long as we can. We should be strong against our addiction and not buy new things just because it’s cool, by that we can actually reduce the carbon from the factories. One person can’t change it all, but together we can make big different.
Yes, I think that smartphones are a “need” in the society today and that we shouldn’t be so hard on it. But there is also a lot of “want” in it too. Keep your technology stuffs as long as you can, but don’t be critical, technology’s taking over and that’s how the evolution is today.
I agree with you all on how many years ago we weren’t as dependent as we are now on our technology. These modern technologies we use now are mostly wants, not needs. Do you really need your IPhone? Do you need your Xbox? Or do you need to watch The Walking Dead every Sunday night? The answer to all of these questions is no. All of these technologies we own are a privelage of our technological advances and if we don’t use them in small amounts and with consideration we could destroy our planet.
Now yes, I understand that giving up your IPhone may as well be an impossible task. Recently, I got the IPhone 5 which has been a big change from my old 3GS and it has honestly been hard just to set down. Owning an IPhone can be fun and not affect the enviornment in substantial ways if used in reasonable amounts. But even though my IPhone uses alot of carbon it is still essential to many things I do in school. I use my IPhone on a daily basis during school to find resources and do research for projects. So no, you don’t have to put your IPhone in the garbage disposal as long as we use our electronics in resonable ways only for the really important things.
It is easy to say that new electronics is only a want. That 50 years ago the did not need phones, computers or mp3s and that based upon how much environmental impact they have we should stop buying and using them. Because we don’t need them. But then continuing to think in that direction we should not “need” lamps, heating systems in our homes or even electricity.
However I think for most people owning and using a phone or computer is necessary. We need them for work and school and we need the to keep in touch with friends and read the latest news. It is quite fascinating how fast new technology goes from a cool dream to something everyone owns and “needs”. But i do agree with those saying that you do not need the latest version all the time, that is more of a want.
I have nearly never bought a phone or computer while the old one still worked properly. The problem is that things stop working very fast. I don’t think anything have survived more than three or four years (exept for the old nokias because the are just unbreakable!).It feels so unneccesary to buy a new phone so often! Most times only one part is broken, but it is cheaper to buy a new phone than to repair the old one. Does anyone recognize this? It is not in anyway sustainable. Maybe phones with more changeable parts could be a solution, like this prototype called phonebloks?
I think from both a carbon footprint and an economic perspective it sounds like a really great idea! What do you think? Have you heard about it or something similar before?
Technology is definitely a want. Technology does have some benefits, but the sales companies always extol the products. They make the products seem like they will make your life so much easier, but they actually won’t. You can do a lot of things without technology that the companies make you think that you need technology to do. In school for example, you do not need a laptop to take notes. You are perfectly capable of writing them by hand. According to www.globalresearch.ca, “The main goal of technology companies is to get you to spend more money and time on their products, not to actually improve your quality of life. They have successfully created a cultural disease that has gone viral. Consumers willingly surrender their freedom, money and time in pursuit of what exactly? To keep pace with their peers? To appear modern and sophisticated? To not miss out on the latest information?” Also many people are unaware of the materials that go into making technology such as iPhones. The raw materials of iPhones are platinum, aluminum, copper, gold, and silver. 1 ton of iPhones has about 9.72 oz of gold and 283.5 lb of copper. All of theses materials have to be mined. With the mass production of technology comes the mass amount of mining, therefore releasing more carbon into the air. Phone recycling is very common nowadays because everyone wants to get their hands on the materials that are in the iPhone. In fact, only about 10% of the iPhone actually gets recycled, the rest of it is refurbished and resold. This is probably the reason why people pay you to give them your phones to recycle. If people were just happy with the phone that they had, and didn’t go out and buy a new one every time a new iPhone came out, the emission of carbon would be reduced and the destruction of the earth through mining would also be reduced. So next time a new iPhone comes out, you should think about whether you actually need it.
There is a big difference in the way people I know distinguish wants and needs, and the way people in other parts of the world distinguish them. Where I am from, the newest iPhone or latest IOS update is the normal thing to have. But in other parts of the world, any phone at all is amazing. It seems that at least 3 times a year, a new smart phone comes out.
Lately, phone service providers (such as AT&T or Sprint) have been offering a new plan or deal. I hear it all the time when I watch television. “Upgrade when you want, not when you’re told.” Instead of waiting the normal two years for your contract to expire, you can upgrade to the newest phone for a small (or not so small) fee. Most people think this plan is amazing, but the earth doesn’t think so.
When people get new smart phones, they normally keep their old ones. I even know people who just throw them away somehow. These phones end up in landfills of some sort and their toxins seep into the soil. This increases the amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere and can be very unhealthy for the environment.
Instead of upgrading every time something new comes out, stick with your old phone for a while. And if you just can’t wait, safely dispose of your old phone. There are special places that recycle them or see if your phone service provider will take them. Whatever you choose, keep the earth in mind.
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!
I think that technology is a precious resource that our world posses, but in result technology has negative effects. The first problem is that technology increases amounts of carbon through its production process, and the use of electricity which gives to charge to our electronics. Every body is so worried about the effect of vehicles and farming on carbon levels, but what many overlook is that phones, and computers are huge contributors. There are billions of people on electronics every second of every day. This brings me to my next point. Technology is addicting which means that the number of people who posses electronics will just grow everyday. Technology has a great impact on our atmosphere and is becoming more and more accessible every day. We need to either cut back on our use of electronics, or find new ways to make them without producing masses of carbon each time.
I am sure many of you have an iPhone or some sort of Apple product, but did you know that to make one iPhone 5 it takes 57 kg of carbon just in its production. Now think about how many people have an iPhone if twenty of your friends have an iPhone 5 then that is 1,140 kg of carbon right there. In the first three days of the iPhone 5 being released, Apple sold over 5 million of them. Each one of them emitted 57 kg of carbon into the atmosphere in production alone, this is not even including transportation. People also have to charge their phone, get a case, and use service for their phones. All of those things also emit carbon into the atmosphere. Many people become obsessed with their iPhone and can not put it down and this effects the carbon emission as well as the way people act now of days. I know that I probably use my iPhone more than I should, but I plan on reducing the time spent on my phone and going outside and doing something productive. Is your phone a must have?