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Kenna Babson, Feb. 25, 2014

Having the latest technology is a necessity to a certain extent. In the business world and social world it is important to have the latest technology. Whether you are trying to safely navigate down the road or get ahead in your business, technology can be useful. When it comes to social media and games I think the newest technology becomes a want. It is not necessary to have the newest iPhone or iPod that comes out because there is usually not much of a difference between the products. Having a phone to communicate with is enough. Lots of technology was created for amusement, which makes it a want and not a necessity.

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  • Samantha M-US Samantha M-US Feb. 26, 2014
    I agree with this statement. Schools are evolving to be more technologically dependent for assignments, notes, and quizzes/tests. I believe this is beneficial to our environment because, though it uses an energy resource, we are cutting down our use of paper products therefore reducing the amount of trees we need for an every-day classroom. However there is a fine line when we become too dependent on technology and don't know how to function in our live without it. We need to be responsible on how much we depend on our phones and computers for information and communication.

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Katelyn Curtin, Feb. 25, 2014

Society is constantly changing and to not be up to date on the latest technology means you are going to be left behind. For example if you were using an old system to give a presentation and another employe was using the newest and most eye appealing system to give a presentation, the one with the most updated would get the job. Technology is a need in society because this time period is the technological revolution. New technology is constantly being created making the business or worker with the most to offer the most successful and if we want to be viewed as an asset we must be the most technological advanced and up to date and the newest technology.

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  • Kelsey Bufford Kelsey Bufford Feb. 26, 2014
    I agree with Katelyn. Technology in most cases is a want, but sometimes can be considered a need. Those who have the most up to date technology are most likely to get better opportunities especially when it comes to jobs that deal with technology. One who is up to date and knows how to work newer technology will get along a lot better in an environment in which the skills are needed. If it was to come to someone who new how to work the newer technology and one who didn't, the one who did know would most likely get the job. This way, time would not need to be taken to teach these skills.
  • Allison C-US Allison C-US Feb. 26, 2014
    I see where you both are coming from, but I mostly disagree in your phrasing. You might consider newer technology an aid, but it is by no means a necessity to actually live. You can't place a cell phone on the same level as shelter and food. Many, many people live without them—but this doesn't change the fact that many people are unhealthily addicted to their mobile convenience. To call technology a need is to say one requires it to live, or otherwise to fundamentally miss the purpose of the wants versus needs debate. Yes, they are extremely helpful. Yes, a lot of people admit that they couldn't live without them. No, they're not a need.

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Adam Edmunds, Feb. 25, 2014

Having the latest technology is, in most cases, a want. The technological world is constantly changing and becoming more advanced every minute. Humans practically cannot keep up with these continuos advancements being made on a consistent basis. Sometimes ones solution to these continual upgrades is to up themselves to the newest and greatest electronic ‘style’ available. This is not always necessary. For instance, Apple’s iPhone is updated at least once a year. It is currently at the level of the 5S, which isn’t much different than the 5, which is quite similar to the 4S, which is just a little faster than the 4. Needless to say, you do not always need to be exactly up to date with your technology, as long as what you possess makes you happy and gets the job done. I must say, though, if one has a flip-phone, it may be time to bury it, give in, and move on to bigger and better devices, because those are soon to be extinct.

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  • Maggie B-US Maggie B-US Feb. 26, 2014
    I agree with Adam when it comes to technology being a want, with technology such as cell phones and computers. I think that as long as you can text and call,the phone is sufficient. But now if you don't have a phone without internet and siri, its not something you want! But there are some points when having the latest technology is a necessity, such as being in the business and technology world. Sometimes if you don't have those certain technology pieces, you won't make it in the real world!
  • Neza T-Slovenia Neza T-Slovenia Feb. 27, 2014
    Hi!I agree with both of you and I think that a lot of people today are really obsessed with their phones and computers and they are appreciated by others only by price of a good phone. Which is really sad.

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Lily P-US, Feb. 25, 2014

My family’s carbon footprint was relatively low and surprised me. The fact it I live in a large house with 5 people, but we do our part and are super conscientious of our consumption. We do the regular turn the lights out, don’t run excess water routines, but we also do things that most households do not. We eat mostly organic, locally grown foods, and compost and maintain a pretty impressive garden year-round. I think it is up to the individual to be socially responsible for their part in the carbon emissions, and I am lucky to have parents that instill that responsibility at a young age.

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Lily P-US, Feb. 25, 2014

I think technology is basically a need because of its integral part of society’s movement forward. Human innovation is continuous, that is the fact of life. Is it necessary for survival? Obviously not, but I still believe it to be a need. We should look into making technology better for our planet, and just practice individual discretion with the way we use it and its impact on our carbon footprints. No, you do NOT need the latest iPhone, everything in moderation. We need to look for ways to reduce our footprint in other areas of life.

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Casey M-US, Feb. 25, 2014

Having the latest technology can be both a want and a need. You may want the latest technological invention to be “cool” or to “fit in.” So, basically you may want the latest technology so you can be like everyone else. Having the latest technology can also be a need. You may need that new computer for school, or you may need that updated phone in order to get certain things like Apps. That piece of technology that you have now will eventually be out of date. So out-of-date technology can go both ways. For example, you may have a phone that no one else has anymore and is discontinued in assembly, so you may want to get a newer version. Also, if something goes wrong with that phone, you probably would not be able to find parts or accessories for it which forces you to get a new one. So, having the latest technology can easily go both ways.

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Mary M, Feb. 25, 2014

When I completed the carbon footprint, I was amazed to realize how much energy my family and I use. We try to recycle as much as we can and don’t excessively indulge in food and technology. What we don’t do is take caution in our travel. I will be the first to admit, my car is a gas-guzzler, and I don’t like it. Although it is difficult to get anywhere without wheels where I live, I try to not go out unless I have more than one place to be at. The creation and acknowledgment of my carbon footprint and being enrolled in environmental science has opened my eyes to ideas that will allow me to protect the environment from my home. My class is also creating a video of 365 easy ways that you can help protect the environment. Some of these ideas include recycling; using the sun to heat your home, reuse water bottles and coffee mugs, and many more. Protection of the environment is our responsibility and I am ready to step up.

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Cheyenne S-US, Feb. 25, 2014

Whether a cell phone is a want or a need is depending on the way you look at it. When cell phones first came out it was a luxury to have one but now it is rare to meet someone who does not own one. I do not believe that having the latest cell phone is a need, but has become more of one over time. People have become dependent on their smart phones for their organization, entertainment, and communication. While cell phones are not a necessity to sustain life, they may be necessary for other things, like jobs. Technology has become such a large part of everyone’s lives that living in this modern society, having the latest thing is becoming more of a necessity than a want.

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  • Bryan Langston - USA Bryan Langston - USA Feb. 25, 2014
    I agree, but not even the latest, just technology that is good enough, my phone is far from the latest but it helps me keep in touch with others and to keep me organized. My carbon foot print is a lot lower than most people around me because I do not drive hardly at all, if i need to go to school i ride the bus, if i need to go to a friends house i walk there.

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Richard H.-US, Feb. 24, 2014

My personal opinion on this topic is that in general, the latest technology is a want, not a need. Technology has undoubtedly become more efficient as society has progressed, but with that said, I don’t believe that many of those particular advancements are necessarily needs. Take cell phones, for instance. In and of themselves, cell phones have more or less become necessities in today’s society in order for people to have the ability to communicate on the go. With that said, cell phones, like all other technology, have advanced over time, and newer, more impressive models are surfacing all the time - while those models, such as iPhones, have innovative, out-of-the-box features, most of those features aren’t needed in order to fulfill the basic purpose of a cell phone - communication. However, some new technology has proven to be necessary in society - new technological inventions have helped tremendously in the workplace, in science and research fields, and around the world in general. New technology, when used to advance society, is certainly advantageous - in general, though, people purchasing the newest, latest product is not a need.

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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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