Every time people a new phone comes out, everyone is obsessively trying to get the new thing. But how many of use recycle our phones? Most of America’s population as at lest 3 phones laying around their home, and the average person get a new phone every year, and a new laptop every 3 years. Check out this website, it goes in deeper to these issues
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I’m Laura and I’m from Texas. Technology is a major part of my life. Without technology I wouldn’t be able to function. Technology to me is definitely a need. If I didn’t have technology in my life I wouldn’t be able to communicate with my teachers or anyone else I needed to get in touch with. When I really think about whether technology is a want or a need I realize it is a need. Some people mistake technology for phones, laptops and other electronics; however technology is also a learning tool. Without technology we wouldn’t have online learning for kids who don’t understand what they are learning in school.
Not only does technology encompass the learning environment but also health related issues. Technology has helped us treat people with life threatening diseases. Who knows at the rate technology is advancing we may find a cure for cancer soon.
Hi! I’m Chloe and I’m from Texas. I love technology. To me it would be super hard to go for a few days without my phone or laptop. Like everyone else I do want the latest iPhone out there. I’ve had mine for almost two years now and I feel like I need the latest version. Our generation lives on technology and the Internet. We don’t even know how to live without the Internet. It is our shortcut to life. We probably could not picture ourselves when our parents were growing up. They did not have social-networking to spend their time on or Google if they had a question.
Technology is addictive. Especially to young children. Most children would rather stay indoors and play on their tablet and watch TV than go outside and play at the park. Technology affects kids in many ways. One way is they get frustrated really easily. We are used to the web browser to load super quickly, but when it takes a minute we get impatient and frustrated. Also children’s writing skills decline. When you text, half of the time you don’t spell the word correctly and you don’t use correct grammar. Another affect is lack of exercise. Because of exercise so many people in the USA are becoming overweight and obese and dying younger. Like everything in life there is a good side and a bad side. Sadly with technology we face the bad side head on.
I’m Maryella and technology is a huge part of my daily life. I am constantly on my phone, iPod, and laptop. Technology is definitely a want in terms of owning the newest smartphone or laptop, but some forms of technology are needs as well. We don’t need the latest iPhone or Mac, but owning a phone of some kind is crucial in our society. I play sports and stay after school every day how would my family know when to pick me up? Homing pigeons don’t make the cut anymore, folks. Also, at my high school a laptop is required for all four years. It contains textbooks, an app to take notes on, and our school website that says everything that is going on.
Technology is a huge part of today’s society and is misused all the time. My carbon footprint was affected by my technology use sufficiently. That is because I constantly text or listen to music. I hardly ever fully turn my computer off and never turn off my phone. I charge them all night long and leave the outlets plugged in constantly. According to Inhabitant in the link below, smaller devices don’t waste much energy left plugged in, but our larger devices, TVs and the like, do.
So, owning technology is partially want partially need. Used smartly and conservatively, technology is a great and helpful thing.
Today in our society I think technology is definitely a want, but also a need. Although it’s kind of a problem to have an excessive amount of the latest things, we still need technology to get an abundant amount of work done. Who needs to write a letter, when you can send a quick text or email? Today in our world, we do need technology, but the problem is thinking we need every new thing that comes out in the market. I also think we are starting to rely more and more on technology than our own brains. Do you think that in the future our society will need to rely more on technology or find a way to control the urge to buy more and more things? What does it mean to have “too much technology”? Is it a bad thing? Here are some pros and cons about modern technology in the the link below:
Hi I’m Sarah and I’m from Texas. I believe that charging your devices, especially when they are unused or fully charged, is definitely a want and even a habit. I know that I charge my phone and both of my laptops every night. I even sometimes leave my ipod touch on the charger even if I am not planning on using it. Leaving the family computer or television on “standby” mode is also unnecessary. Even devices like the remote, DVD-players, and digital clocks suck up energy. Leaving or charging these electronics adds up to an estimated 65 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. This extra electricity sends more that 87 billion pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year and costs consumers more than $5.8 billion annually. I know that I want to leave my electronic devices on standby to easy access and to charge my phone during the night, but like I said, these things are just wants. There are easy ways to enjoy these devices without wasting energy. You can just unplug the device. Using a power strip and switching it off saves the hassle of unplugging every cord. Another way to not waste energy is checking the labels of appliances before purchasing. Some devices are energy saving models or use less energy on standby mode. You want to buy those appliances. Finally, you can purchase devices without the extra features or “bells and whistles” that suck up energy.
Hey y’all, I’m from Texas and I think that having the latest technology is most definitely a want. This can be given in the example of the new phone plans which allow users to upgrade their phone every year in the United States. The new Verizon Edge phone plan allows users to upgrade every 6 months according to Forbes Magazine. This is an effort to have the latest technology such as the Iphone 5s or the Samsung Galaxy S4. In reality, when we upgrade to these new phones, our old phones are still working, but are then thrown away. On techy.com, it states that 61% of the planet has a cellphone subscription, or 4.1 billion people. The average consumer uses their cellphone for less than a year. It then goes on to state that 140,000,000 cellphones will end up in landfills this year alone. This is equivalent to 4 cellphones every second. These phones will then go on to leach 80,000 pounds of lead into the earth. In that landfill of cellphones, there is 4.7 tons of gold which is worth 56 million dollars. As a result of these newly implemented plans, even more cellphones will be thrown into landfills because most people are ignorant of the effects on the environment induced by failing to recycle their cellphones. The same website states that for every 515 cellphones recycled, it saves enough energy to power a phone for a year. If all thrown away cellphones were recycled, it would save enough energy to power 272,000 homes.
I think that technology is both a want and a need. People are always wanting the latest gadgets but it is also possible to be addicted to a cell phone or computer. Young adults and teenagers these days might tell you that they wouldn’t be able to live without their phones. This is partially true. As the world evolves into this new era, we must adapt to it. We can cash a check or buy a book with the click of a button and we realize that using technology makes our lives a lot easier. Therefore, technology is a want but some people, like myself, could argue that it is also a need in the 21st century.
Like many others have said here, eradicating the world’s poverty by 2015 is a stretch. Eradicating hunger is actually one of the greenest things on the list. To do that the hungry need to be taught how to grow/raise their own food. It is “locally grown” then. Universal education is harder to do without making the planet warmer. The school should ideally be run by solar power, but that is very expensive. Instead another green alternative would need to be found for that region. The school materials could be recycled. The students could be taught from a young age about (gender) equality. These are just my thoughts.
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.