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Cameron Rose, Oct. 17, 2013

i feel that everybody has a different definition regarding wants and needs. some people think that they need something when in reality they only want it. after getting the results from my carbon footprint i got a much clearer view on what exactly my wants and needs where. of course technology such as cell phones, tv, and computers are not really qualified as needs but they are a huge part of our lives and society. they make everyday lives easier to help someone get through the day, so an individual would suggest they are a need, when in fact they are not. shelter over your head, food, water, and clothing. those are needs to survive in this world we live in today.

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  • Natalie I-USA Natalie I-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    I 100% agree on what you are saying. Food, water, and shelter are the NEEDS in the world are. Certainly not technology. Yes, we all have the latest technology, but simply because we WANT it. Yes, it may help us in our everyday lives, but would we be dead with it? No, they survived thousands of years without technology and that's for sure. It is easy to say that technology is a need for us, when the only things we REALLY need are food, water, and shelter.
  • Dana S - usa Dana S - usa Oct. 17, 2013

    Modern medicine relies on technology for diagnoses and treatment. Doctors are helping patients cure there disease with technology. So for hospitalized patients technology is a need. For the common use of technology though it isn't a need but a want. An example of that would be getting the newest phone when your current phone works fine. I agree that shelter, clothing and food are the most important needs.

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David Vincent, Oct. 16, 2013

I feel that having the latest technology is a want in most cases the only exception would maybe be medical uses. Otherwise having the latest cellphone might not be needed.
I get a new cellphone usually when my current one ceases functioning, and begins to be more trouble than it would be to get a new one. My current cellphone is at least 4 years old, and that is because I feel it does everything I want it to. I haven’t considered the impact of the purchases, but I think it might also have to be calculated differently if the object is purchased second hand rather than first. If you are addicted to getting the latest technology then I am sure there is a rehab center to help with the addiction similar to hoarding.

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  • Suchita A-USA Suchita A-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    I totally agree with you. I am friends with these twins that always need to buy the newest iPhone. They call it “staying updated”. People are always so attached to their phone that they don't realize whats going on in the world around us. In fact even I don't own a cellphone yet and I can live without it. Of course there is nothing wrong with a cellphone, nowadays is it very necessary to help keep in contact or when in an emergency. But isn't really needed to always have the latest technology or the latest phone. Same with computers. Computers last longer than phones so you don't always need to have the newest. In fact sometimes the newest ones aren't much different than the older ones. We are only buying this because we want this not because we absolutely need it to survive. If I can survive without a phone and have my day go by normally than most people can survive without the latest technology. Another way to stop addiction is to start using the electronic for less and less amounts of time. Slowly you won't feel as attached to it and lose interest in always buying the coolest and newest phone or computer. You will still have your old electronics but you won't have the feeling of wanting anymore.

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Suzy O-USA, Oct. 16, 2013

Electrons and technology are really important to our lifes. We use it all the time. Specially last a few years we are using it more. All the smartphones, pcs, macs, and tablets are became the important part of our lifes. We can’t stay long without any of them. We need to call to someone or even at school we take tests on computer and all the assignment, handouts, and tests are printed from computer by using electrons. Now most schools are using ipads or computers to make the lesson iteresting.
In someway technology is good but in the other way it’s bad. Let’s talk about the good ones. First as I said it makes our life more interesting we never get bored when we have our smartphones or tablets. At school our teachers use projectors and computers. It helps a lot for them and when we take tests on computer we save a lot of papers and papers are made from trees. It means we are saving the trees. The bad reasons are we use technology such as smartphones and tablets 24/7. Because of that our comunication with are getting worse. Is it bad or it’s just fine?
Should we use it in our lifes more or should we try to use it less?

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  • Colin H-USA Colin H-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    I'm in 100% agreement with you. Technology has helped us so much throughout the years, but like you said it has also been a huge pain because it's distracting kids from school and it also messes up kids eyesight. I know my eyesight has decreased since I got a phone. Also, with all the games kids are on it almost 12 hours a day competing with friends. Also, kids are on all the social media, like Facebook and Instagram. Technology also distracts drivers from the road and cause A LOT of crashes each DAY. So, in all there are some goods but also a lot of bads.
  • Mark K-USA Mark K-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    I agree with you. Technology is a very good thing to have especially now a days. It helps us with school… a lot. Teachers even have our grades online now. Before it was on a sheet of paper that they would put up in class, but now we can check it 24/7. Were also constantly connected. If were bored we take out our phone and text someone or play a game etc. There are so many different things we can do, but we need to limit our selfs. Everyone charging these devices use up a lot of electricity and when a new one comes out, these are thrown into the trash and put into landfills, which they shouldn't. Electronics should be recycled in special places. To answer your question we shouldn't use them more or less, we should all use them the right amount and for the right things. Technology can be very bad and hurtful in many ways. Overall its a good thing to have, but it must be limited.
  • Elaine P Elaine P Oct. 18, 2013
    I see your point. I agree with this and have thought of this on multiple occasions but could never quit put it together in a way that stated what I thought about it like u did. In my opinions think that we should use technology less for entertainment and more for school work, or jobs, professional manor, what have you. I think People should pay more attention to finding entertainment in stuff besides watching tv(one person being myself as well) because I think it's important to get out of The house and do stuff get fresh air. Think that using technology with school work is more important because your right it does benefit us in ways such as saying trees etc. and I for one kind of like it when we do projects with iPads or computers in school because it is just funner and also teaches us skills about technology and Internet. Q
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Elaine P, Oct. 16, 2013

Everyone has wants and needs. But that isn’t always clear. Wants and needs is a very unclear topic because some wants can seem like needs at some points. For example if u get home from a long day and are really tired and all you want to do is lye on your couch and eat everything in your house it can seem like a need rather than a want. People dwell over this topic so much and I disagree that it should be something to that much inportance when talking about the environment or being more conservative about resources, etc. I think instead people should think more about the ways they could work on being more conservative for the enviorment without interfering with there needs or wants because it’s very easy. It can be as easy as turning off a light when you leave a room, and it doesn’t even interfer with your wants or needs. Unless for some reason someone wanted the light on in the room when they werent in it… But there are many other ways besides that that help save the enviorment at easilly.

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  • Toby Ledford Toby Ledford Oct. 17, 2013
    I totally agree with you. Most people do on understand how much of a difference just turnin off the lights in your house when you dont need them. Being conservative could make a bigger impact rather than just not following through with what your wants are.

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Jack W-USA, Oct. 15, 2013

Hi, I believe that having the latest technology is just a want. most people don’t really have a legitimate reason to actually need a new phone or tablet. People usually like to get those things just because you can get cool apps and stuff like that. then they basically just live off of their phone and just use it for pointless things like instagram. doing things like that may be fun but it is truly unnecessary and is really bad for the environment. the only people in my opinion who actually need all of this new technology are the people who use it for research or the people who need something like that in order to do their jobs. some people need to have those things to communicate with their group to get a job done.

I believe that in order to break this technology addiction we need to have more restrictions on what you can and cant do on smartphones and things like that or just get a simple phone where pretty much all you can do call and text people. If people have more phones like the one i just described then people would not use their phones nearly as much. also people need to limit their spending and not get the newest model of something whenever it comes out. that is my position on technology affecting the environment.

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  • Suzy O-USA Suzy O-USA Oct. 16, 2013
    I agree with that technology is affecting the environment, but we are improving and deviloping. We can't just stay in one way. Like using old phones that don't do muck except calling and texting. We human beings are thinking and making more interisting technology. Using smartphones is really helpful sometimes. We should try what's new and how is it like and the company will make better phones in the future. We should use all kind of electrons and it's made for us to use it in any reason.
  • Maureen Hernandez Maureen Hernandez Oct. 16, 2013
    I like your point Jack. Going unplugged is a great way to truly experience the richness of our world. However, if we could focus on cleaner technology and energy advancements, it may add to our connection and understanding of each other's reality.
  • Daniella B-California Daniella B-California Oct. 17, 2013
    I see your point, but then again technology is always advancing it's just a way of life. Not everyone only uses it for the “pointless” reasons like you said. Without all the new found technology, how would you know your way home if you got lost? GPS, you might say. How would you find the nearest gas station when you are running on empty? Siri or even just being able to have the entire web in the palm of your hand. Technology is beyond useful, and we all use and mange are time with it the best way we know how.

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Henry K-USA, Oct. 14, 2013

Hi everyone, even though i have quite a few needs that i can’t give up, they are all legitimate, not like upgrading my smartphone every time the new one comes out. Some of my needs that i can absolutely not give up are, taking thirty minute showers, i can not give that up, after a long day of school and football, i like spending time in the shower. I can not give up my smartphone, i don’t have an i-pod like most kids do, so my phone is my source of music, i do research on it, it’s y calculator and so much more. Even though i don’t use it a lot, i can not give up my gaming system, sometimes when I’m home alone and bored, i like to spend time on it. Lastly is my laptop, i use it for everything, mostly homework because my dad or someone else in my family is always on my home desktop and it’s a pain to share it, but with my laptop i can use it whenever i need it.

On the other hand, i have things that i am willing to give up, for example, leaving the air conditioner on on hot days, i could use a fan instead which uses way less energy, and only have it at low speed overnight. Same for the heater. Another thing that i am willing to give up is T.V, not completely, but just shorter times on it. This will also benefit me because i will do my homework instead. One last thing i am willing to give up is my bedroom T.V, i am willing to give this one up for good. it will benefit me because when i am going to sleep, i will actually sleep instead of catching a show before i sleep, and end up sleeping 1 hour later.

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  • Katharine J-USA Katharine J-USA Oct. 15, 2013
    Hey Henry, I completely agree with the needs you cannot give up. At this day and age, the world is evolving into a technology savvy environment and we cannot afford to get left behind. I also think you thought about the needs that you can give up. I think that if everyone in the USA or even in a single state or city did what you're planning on doing, the global carbon footprint would be reduced greatly.
  • Marisa R- usa Marisa R- usa Oct. 15, 2013
    Hi Henry, i love the idea of having things that you can give up and things that you just can't for legitimate reasons. Just willing to give up three things would make a huge impact. I agree with Katherine in her point ” if everyone in the USA or even in a single state or city did what you're planning on doing, the global carbon footprint would be reduced greatly.” that is totally true. IF we all come together we can improve our world greatly.

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Kabir V-USA, Oct. 14, 2013

Having the latest technology can be either a want or a need, entirely depending on what kind of person you are. If you are someone who is creating and running complex programs on a tablet or computer, it will most likely be a need for you. For people who just play games and text, there is absolutely no reason for them to get the latest technology when they have almost the exact same phone that came out a few months before the newer one. People who only text and play games will not notice a difference between the two models. And where do those older models go? They go stuffed into the drawers of your house, not being used and getting wasted, a perfectly fine device with a few years of usage left in it. Not only are peoples money getting wasted on new devices that are useless to most of them, these new devices are causing less and less social interaction.

http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2007/10/how-cell-phones-are-killing-face-to-face-interactions295/
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  • Sam B Sam B Oct. 16, 2013
    Hey Kabir I 100% agree with what you are saying. There are some people that need the new technology, like computer programmers, designers and web page designers who depend on the newest technology because with out it they wouldn't have jobs. But their are also people that get a new phone every time a new model comes out not because it is important but because they want the new IOS or a game they like doesn't work on the phone.

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Sam B, Oct. 14, 2013

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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  • Jack  W-USA Jack W-USA Oct. 15, 2013
    sam, i agree with you on pretty much every level. I too always get a ride from my mom or dad and i know that is for sure something i dont want to give up. Also, i dont have a smartphone and other than that i only have a super old ipod. Like you i dont get too much in the way of technology and only use my phone to communicate about important things.

    there are also some things you mentioned that i too am willing to give up such as long showers. i also way overuse air conditioning and the heater. that is also something im willing to give up. like in the winter ill just use more blankets and in the summer i could probably just use one fan and not a lot of air conditioning. technologically i should probably give up watching so much television. Like i said before i agree with what you have to say
  • Jack  W-USA Jack W-USA Oct. 15, 2013
    sam, i agree with you on pretty much every level. I too always get a ride from my mom or dad and i know that is for sure something i dont want to give up. Also, i dont have a smartphone and other than that i only have a super old ipod. Like you i dont get too much in the way of technology and only use my phone to communicate about important things.

    there are also some things you mentioned that i too am willing to give up such as long showers. i also way overuse air conditioning and the heater. that is also something im willing to give up. like in the winter ill just use more blankets and in the summer i could probably just use one fan and not a lot of air conditioning. technologically i should probably give up watching so much television. Like i said before i agree with what you have to say
  • Joshua B-USA Joshua B-USA Oct. 18, 2013
    Sam I agree with you completely, if people live close to a location they are trying to get to then they should just walk. For me my carbon footprint was not that high in this section because I mostly walk or ride my skateboard/bike to the places I need to go to such as school/work. I also do not have as many electronic devices so that also helps a lot. I'm willing to give up various things such as sometimes I take long showers or leave the water on constantly when doing the dishes and I am definitely willing to give that up ! Thanks for the tips

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Chase H-USA, Oct. 14, 2013

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.

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  • silvia tolentino silvia tolentino Oct. 16, 2013
    i totally agree more people every day are becoming dependent on technology

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Amanda Thoren, Oct. 14, 2013

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.

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  • Seif Albaker Seif Albaker Oct. 14, 2013
    Of course you recieve a sense of satisfaction when you get a new phone but don't you get a satisfaction by knowing that you're one of the people that tries to make a change? I don't know about you guys but I would get a satisfaction by knowing that I actually am trying to help out with reducing the carbon use. Why do people feel a need to show off? What does it gonna change if you got a iPhone 3 or iPhone 5? Bigger screen? Yes. But does it help reducing carbon use? No. It doesn't.
    Totally agree with your point “One person can't change it all, but together we can make big different”
    And about the apps.
  • Erika T-Sweden Erika T-Sweden Oct. 14, 2013
    That is so true, Seif! I think the satisfaction of contributing to a better world is a great argument for not buying things we don't really need. Hopefully with more knowledge about climate changes not having the latest phone will be more admirable than having it.
  • Sahar Y-USA Sahar Y-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    Amanda, I completely agree with you. I too think that smartphones are both a need and a want. They're needs for your daily schedule as well as planning and they may also be used for educational purposes. But they can also be considered wants when you get a new one every few months another one comes out. I also agree with you on the fact that technology is the new normal and it might as well be embraced. However, we should refrain from over-using to keep a nice balance in which technology can benefit us.

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