I believe that the desire for the latest technology is, in fact, a want. However, one must consider that technology is becoming more and more prevalent in our lives. For example, the purchase of a laptop is mandated at my school. Many teachers give us assignments online. The fact is that technology is becoming a necessity, and this cannot be ignored. Despite this practical approach to technology, there is both a superficial desire for the newest and latest technology, and an addiction, for lack of a better word, to the internet. Both of these contribute greatly to the carbon footprints of many people since they use up a superfluous amount of energy. Rather than significantly diminishing the usage of technology, I believe one should focus suppressing these urges. Technology is an important part of people’s everyday lives, and should not be completely eradicated. However, it is not necessary to always be up to date with the latest smartphones and devices.
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Hey Y’all! I’m Caite and I’m from Texas. I believe that having technology is definitely a need, whether it be for keeping in contact with relatives and friends. But what we don’t realize when that when we throw away our old or broken cell phones, they usually end up in landfills. The toxins from the electronics go straight into the ground. After that, when the garbage is burned in the landfill, the toxins get into the air, even further contaminating it. So next time you throw away your old electronics, try to safely recycle it.
As modern technology advances, the need for it does as well. Nowadays, people, especially the younger generations, have become more well-adapted to a lifestyle centered around technology. Some children may not even be able to imagine a life without technology, simply because they have never been exposed to it. According to a study that was done in 2010, elementary aged children spent about 7.5 hours using entertainment technology. Technology may be necessary to children who have never experienced life without it.
Hi, my name is Ryan Poon and I live in Oakland, CA.
For the majority of the time, I believe that technology is usually more of a want than a need. When we purchase the latest technologies, they are usually improvements of products that already exist. For example, we buy better computers to replace older computers. In these cases, buying is more of a need. However, sometimes we do actually need the latest technology, such as at the start of the smart phone revolution or when laptops were invented. Nonetheless, there is point when buying this merchandise becomes unnecessary, especially when we start getting new cell phones and electronics simply because of one or two new features. I, personally, do not often go out to shop for the latest technology. I am perfectly content with a “dumb” phone and the school-issued laptop. Despite my resistance of the temptation to buy new technology, I have learned about the environmental impact of the production, distribution, and disposal of new and old electronics. When I see people buy the newest machinery for one basic additional feature, I don’t usually understand their decision.
Today, I read this article about why someone should purchase an iPhone. Though I do not agree with the author, I was interested by the fact that people may buy new iPhone for the exact reasons stated in the article. Simple features, such as a larger screen, may drive people to get the new iPhone, but other factors, such as societal pressure, are involved. The author uses the bandwagon persuasive technique, emphasizing the fun that everyone is having with the newest smart phones and the fun that the readers can have, too, if they buy them. In addition, the author stresses the importance of switching phones, even though the oldest smart phones perform better than phones without internet, application downloading, and touch screen capabilities. For these reasons, a customer would purchase the latest technology. However, the author also presents an alternative to spending more money, especially if an individual has the smart phone of the generation before. He offers a viable solution to this problem: downloading the new iOS7 software. This sparked my interest; programming has no effect on the environment because it is often done on a computer. It simply modifies something already existing and makes it better. Maybe we can start amending and enhancing what we already have rather than get something completely new, not only with phones, but other items.
How could we resist buying the latest technologies and persuade others that purchasing them hurts the environment? How could we decrease the negative environmental impact these technologies have? One idea that came into my head was that rather than getting an entirely new phone, companies could simply replace the parts we need. However, there are several problems with this, especially since manufacturers would probably want more money from the purchase of entirely new phone. What do you think?
Everyone these days feel like they need the newest iPhone, iPad, iPod, or any new gadget they have these days. Kids these days feel like they need the newest iPhone out there. Where I live, in Texas, USA, you can find ten year olds walking around with the latest iPhone and when you ask them why they need one, their reply is usually, “Because all my friends have one.” I’m not saying that I didn’t do the same thing. That was MY excuse for having the iPhone I have now. But really…we don’t NEED it. Well these days, we do need a phone, but it’s not like everyone necessarily needs an iPhone. I used to have a sliding phone and if all my friends didn’t have an iPhone, I wouldn’t have felt the need to get one too. With this is peer pressure. It’s like your friends (and the world) pressure you into wanting the latest gadgets. I get a new electronic device at least once a year. This year, I received my iPhone and a new laptop. Everyone these days WANTS the latest model of a phone or laptop or tablet. Some people need these, like for work or high schoolers for school, but do 10 year olds necessarily need an iPhone at this age? I think society is pressuring us into thinking that we need the latest devices.
In modern society, technology is more of a want than a need. It is a desire for the “latest and greatest” gadgets that are able to make life easier for us.
At my school, for example, we are required to use laptops. The majority of our curriculum is found online, and almost all of the students use them as a way to take notes during class. Since we are required to buy a certain model through the school, this has now made it so that I have two laptops of my own - the one I had before for personal use and the one I got for school. This added use of technology has obviously had a bigger impact on the environment, especially considering that many other students may be in a similar situation.
As for other types of technology, cell phones are a major source of carbon emissions. In 2009 alone mobile phones gave off about 125 million tons of CO2 emissions. However, with new models of phones coming out so often, this amount is steadily increasing. New programs have also been implemented with some cell phones companies where they are able to replace your phone every six months.
The carbon footprint created by technology in this era is growing rapidly. Many people today have become extremely reliant on it; they are so used to the convenience of the Internet. Finding a solution to this problem will be difficult.
hello, my name is Ahmed Mohamud and i living in norway. my opinion about that is that many and many people travel to buy new smart phone and mp3, because some of them thinking that is so cool to buy it and some of them do that because they want to be the first to get it. the problem is that they use too much of the earths resources. it is not smart to buy a new phone every years. it two thing that annoys me little bit, the first thing is that when people be the first to get a new phone or mp3 and the other is that when people having many phones and they not using. it is okay to buy one phone in one year.
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I think that most people by new stuff like IPhone, IPod´s, I Pad’s or stuff like that because they want them! Maybe because they want the same thing as everyone else and don´t want to stick out.
I am not saying that people just by stuff because they want them, somebody actually needs them, everyone needs a mobile, but maybe not the newest IPhone 5, that soon will bee on the market!
I´m not denying that I personally, want an new IPhone. Because I does, maybe not because I need it, my IPhone 4 works perfectly fine, but there is IPhone 5! The newest, best and prettiest IPhone of them all. It has better camera, more stuff you can do to it and, yeah its IPhone 5!
This was just an (true) example of how people can think about this! So I am not exactly a exception of “those people”.
I think people should evaluate if they need to by that phone, or if they need to by those clothes. It is just a matter of time until something newer and better pups up. And then they have to throw away the things they bought for maybe less then a year since.
We have to slow down the purchases and just not think about ourselves but the earth.
I think the people on the world should change they behavior when it comes to what they want and what they actually needs! I think this is a pretty easy task, if everybody just do it!
I really dont think that people need the newest technology, it more that people want the newest. It more important with the image with having, like an Iphone 5s. What really people want is to have the phone in their hand, so other people can see it, its not because they want the technology in the phone.
Today, the most of the people with smartphones, use the phone much more to playing games and a lot more stuff then call and send messages, and that’s why everyone want the newest to. We use the phone the hole day and night, and we use a lot of current, which is not good for the earth.
Off course, there are actually people who really need the newest technology, to their work and other things, but 95 % of the cases , its just something they all want and not something they need, although the youth say to their parents. I think it is important to think a bit before you buy a new phone, or something like that, because it infect the world and the next generation.
Today, everyone wants to have the latest technology. Technology can be positive, but also negative. That is why we need to think before we run out to buy the newest smartphone or gadget. A smartphone can be very useful and help us stay connected to our friends, but that does not mean that we have to buy the most expensive phone. One of the cheapest phones on the market can do almost the same as the expensive ones. Also we do not have to buy a new phone every year, a phone should last at least last two years.
Many people say that they can`t survive without their pc or smartphone, but do they ever think about what people did before technology exited? If we only go 50 years back in time, computers did not even exist. A family only need one computer, but most families today have three or four, one computer for each family member! A smartphone can do almost the same as a computer today, so if everyone in the family has one, they do not need a computer. The co2 would go down a lot if we only change this.