Many people assume that technology is essentially a need, especially for academic resources such as education, research, exploration, and observation. One would also adjust to a retrospective idea that people from the past, such as explorers and navigators of the sea, would need new technology to help further and elongate their search for the discovery of new worlds.
Although it is true, what primarily drives the creation of technology is “wanting” something. Explorers want an overview of the lands they explore, so they need maps. John Harrison wanted to find out how to calculate longitude by sea, so he needed an invention to help determine the specific calculations for sea navigators as well as future Oceanographers.
The same idea is set to the present. Innovators want to shape and change the future, so they need an idea to achieve this particular goal. They come up with the latest technology for research teams, businesses, and academic organizations around the world to help them achieve the highest extent of knowledge that they want.
But what happens if things get too far? Is there a borderline when it comes to technology despite all the good intentions that the creations have originated from? Of course there is, especially since the most common technology up to date is universally used by the common people. Consumers obsess over a new, dazzling phone, before and once they get their hands on it. However, once a new competition shows up, the former customers throw away their old phones and go with the more luxurious, futuristic phone to satisfy their wants more than their needs. Rinse, wash, repeat. Like a cycle, it continues.
An explorer wanting to satisfy their own want is much different from the average technology consumer of today, because back in the past they never developed much of a carbon footprint unlike now. People throw away their “useless” technology without a second thought. It builds up too much carbon footprint, leaving bits of plastic in a garbage dump, and harms the environment as a whole. This is unacceptable, and we need to change. Our generation needs to put their perspectives to satisfy their needs before their wants. We need to be thankful for what we have, and if our technology is in good condition it could still function and operate like any other useful thing.
Although I like my new smartphone and its features of having dual camera lenses, an MP3 player, and a source for internet, it isn’t necessarily a need. As of Middle School, I had a simple keyboard-flip Samsung phone that I’ve kept for 3 years because I knew how to appreciate its usage of what I need- texting and calling. I have a smart phone now because my phone stopped working efficiently and it’s time that I needed a change. I believe that it’s okay to reward yourself with new technology once you used an old one to its fullest extent while appreciating how it helped you. Just keep in mind- need over want, mind over matter.