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Discussions Discussion Wants or needs?
Bailey B-US, Feb. 26, 2014

Technology is definitely both a necessity and a want, in some cases ;like in the business world, or in communication, technology is most definitely a necessity. We need to have communication to talk to other over long distances and let out a message that other may need to know. We also need technology in business because it not only saves a TON of paper, but it also makes it easier to get a message out to other businesses. On the other hand though we do not really need the newest and best technology on things like gaming and apps. Like is having the new xbox or having siri on your phone. Those things are just basic wants that are not needed in life.

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  • Amelia A.US Amelia A.US Feb. 27, 2014
    Bailey, I agree with you. When it comes to the business aspect or needing to get information, technology is a necessity. It has also led to many discoveries, which have been important to our changing world. But I also agree that when it comes to having the latest phone or apps, that is a need. People have become so reliant on technology, that when they are waiting at the doctor's or even having dinner, they are on their phone. It is a want and not a need to have the latest technology, which makes it to where you are on your phone all the time.
  • Adam Edmunds Adam Edmunds Feb. 27, 2014
    Bailey is correct, in the sense of entertainment, especially for young people, technology is just a want. Contrary to popular belief, we do not need the newest updates the exact day that they come out. Some have it planted in their heads that we cannot survive without being on the same page that the media infers we should be on. I also agree with Bailey in the sense that having the proper technology in the workforce is, in fact, a need. If one has a job that relies on a computer, and they have an outdated computer that is slow and incapable of doing certain things, their performance in their job will be extremely poor. There is no need in getting behind in the workforce when there is amazing technology available for your needs.
  • Leonardo Ferrari Feb. 27, 2014
    I agree with you Bailey. Technology, nowadays, is crucial! I think technology just in rare cases is a need, like the latest version of a phone, but in most cases is a necessity, just think about all the things technology makes for us everyday or just try to live a day without technology… I think It would be impossible.

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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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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
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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Discussions Discussion Carbon Footprint Difference in the US than in…
Quynh P-US, Feb. 25, 2014

The US has the highest carbon footprint in any other country in the world,comparing to other countries, The US’s score could double or even triple the number in the other countries.In my opinion, it’s because we are more technologically involved, and for us to travel by feet or a bicycle can be challenging, therefore we all own cars and drive everywhere. We are more technologically involved because we have the easiest access to these technologies as long as we can afford them.

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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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Discussions Discussion How low can you go?
Andrea C-US, Feb. 25, 2014

When we think of a carbon footprint we think solely of major appliances that create CO2 emissions. This is not the case; using a hairdryer everyday can contribute to the emissions overtime. It may seem like a small amount now, but when we are 50 years old it could be a large amount of emissions in our air. So, if it just means letting your hair dry naturally once or twice a week it could significantly cut down the overall emissions. There are many ways to decrease the emissions. Day-to-day tasks are some of the most that we need to decrease; many of these are using the oven less and cooking a meal all at once. I have linked two websites that help us to recognize carbon emissions as well as to help us to try and reduce certain areas in our lives that have high carbon emissions. I was shocked to see that some of what I thought was carbon reducing turned out to be about the same as a non-carbon reducing item.

http://www.energyzone.net/aboutenergy/saving-energy-at-home.asp
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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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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Trey S-US, Feb. 25, 2014

Hello, my name is Trey and i live in South Carolina. After taking the carbon footprint test I realized how high my impact was on the environment compared to others. I’ve realized how just one person can make a huge change to the world just by cutting back on simple things
(driving, eating, etc.) and learn how to do them in a way that is good for the environment. My biggest impact was food, and even though I am a big eater of meat I know how i can cut back and learn how to eat efficiently to help lower my impact.

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  • Adam Edmunds Adam Edmunds Feb. 26, 2014
    I was also surprised by the impact on the environment because of my carbon footprint. I believe that my impact because of transportation was the most surprising result I received. I do not think that I drive extremely often, I fill up on gas on average about twice a month. My family travels a fair amount during the summer. As average as I believed we were, my results proved that my family has a huge carbon footprint in the transportation category. We should consider ways to fix this. My impact because of food was also large, but I was not surprised about that one. I could also cut back and eat more efficiently.

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