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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.