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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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Andrew T-UnitedStates, Oct. 13, 2013

I agree with you all on how many years ago we weren’t as dependent as we are now on our technology. These modern technologies we use now are mostly wants, not needs. Do you really need your IPhone? Do you need your Xbox? Or do you need to watch The Walking Dead every Sunday night? The answer to all of these questions is no. All of these technologies we own are a privelage of our technological advances and if we don’t use them in small amounts and with consideration we could destroy our planet.

Now yes, I understand that giving up your IPhone may as well be an impossible task. Recently, I got the IPhone 5 which has been a big change from my old 3GS and it has honestly been hard just to set down. Owning an IPhone can be fun and not affect the enviornment in substantial ways if used in reasonable amounts. But even though my IPhone uses alot of carbon it is still essential to many things I do in school. I use my IPhone on a daily basis during school to find resources and do research for projects. So no, you don’t have to put your IPhone in the garbage disposal as long as we use our electronics in resonable ways only for the really important things.

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  • Nicolas Martins Nicolas Martins Oct. 14, 2013
    I agree with you because the iphone 5 is a small computer with more applications for the daily life.
  • Kylynn Channell Kylynn Channell Oct. 16, 2013
    This is so true!
  • Andrew T-UnitedStates Andrew T-UnitedStates Oct. 17, 2013
    I'm glad to know that I am not the only one who thinks that the some of our technologies are very useful in our daily lives and can help us. Not all technology we use are “poisons” like some people are saying. Yes sometimes your IPhone may distract you while you're doing your homework, but IPhones are also very useful to use to complete the task at hand.

    And for everyone else who disagrees with me, I found an article for you guys that promotes your view on how we are better as people without technology http://bemorewithless.com/you-are-important-without-technology. This articles explains how technology has become to important to us and how we have lost the importance of living life how it was meant to be lived, without technology. This article really did make me think how life could be better if I used less technology. http://bemorewithless.com/you-are-important-without-technology/
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Erika T-Sweden, Oct. 13, 2013

It is easy to say that new electronics is only a want. That 50 years ago the did not need phones, computers or mp3s and that based upon how much environmental impact they have we should stop buying and using them. Because we don’t need them. But then continuing to think in that direction we should not “need” lamps, heating systems in our homes or even electricity.
However I think for most people owning and using a phone or computer is necessary. We need them for work and school and we need the to keep in touch with friends and read the latest news. It is quite fascinating how fast new technology goes from a cool dream to something everyone owns and “needs”. But i do agree with those saying that you do not need the latest version all the time, that is more of a want.

I have nearly never bought a phone or computer while the old one still worked properly. The problem is that things stop working very fast. I don’t think anything have survived more than three or four years (exept for the old nokias because the are just unbreakable!).It feels so unneccesary to buy a new phone so often! Most times only one part is broken, but it is cheaper to buy a new phone than to repair the old one. Does anyone recognize this? It is not in anyway sustainable. Maybe phones with more changeable parts could be a solution, like this prototype called phonebloks?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oDAw7vW7H0c
I think from both a carbon footprint and an economic perspective it sounds like a really great idea! What do you think? Have you heard about it or something similar before?

http://phoneblocks.com/about-phonebloks/
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  • Earl A-USA Earl A-USA Oct. 15, 2013
    Hello, I'm Earl and I'm from the US. I'm going to ask anyone who reads this post. What is the use of getting new phones simply for the purpose of keeping “with the times”? I agree that it is wasteful in an economic and environmental perspective. Such wastefulness is simply a product of laziness, and this wastefulness will make a large change.

    In the best case scenario, the phone is recycled and converted into the next latest model. However, such conversion will most likely draw from some form of fossil fuel for energy. In the worst case scenario, the phone is dumped into a pile of trash that is the sent down into an incinerator where its burned remains will disintegrate into particulates that will contribute to the global greenhouse. Either way, throwing away an old phone will cause an increase in the overall amount of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Therefore, as in agreement with your post, one should either switch phones only when needed or obtain a phone that have individual, replaceable parts that could reduce the overall amount of greenhouse gases created in the burning or recycling of old phone products.
  • Henry K-USA Henry K-USA Oct. 15, 2013
    Erika T, i agree with you that phones and having the latest electronics have obsessed people while people did not need this gadgets to make a living 50 years ago. Even though i agree with that, i still believe that people need these devices, they just need to keep their old working ones instead of running to the newly released models. I also agree with you that this devices do break fast, and that it is easier to purchase new ones than to go through the hassle of repairing them. My suggestion to this problem would be for the companies selling the products to extend the warranties and to annually have updates for the old products to keep them running smoothly (like ios 7) so it doesn't seem like they forgot about them. All this actions will keep people to stick to their old gadgets a little longer before they feel that they now absolutely need new devices. Even though the companies would not make as much money, i believe that this could made a huge difference of the carbon produced in a few years from now.
  • Eunice C-USA Eunice C-USA Oct. 18, 2013
    Hello, this is Eunice from California, USA. I agree with what you've said. We don't need technology truthfully. It's “useful” but we don't “need” it. Long ago, when there were no such things as telephone and computers, we didn't just die because life was difficult without them. We used people to send messages from afar. And when we didn't know something, we found out with knowledge. There was this girl in my class who said “WHERES MY PHONE? I NEED IT!” I felt like correcting her, because she doesn't really “need” a phone, especially during class. Everyone has started depending on technology too much. They would google everything they don't know, and theres smart phones with touch screens because flip phones weren't enough. Everything has become advanced and upgraded into something so big and something almost EVERYONE has. So yes, I agree that we don't need phones in this world.
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LeeAnne W-Usa, Oct. 11, 2013

Technology is definitely a want. Technology does have some benefits, but the sales companies always extol the products. They make the products seem like they will make your life so much easier, but they actually won’t. You can do a lot of things without technology that the companies make you think that you need technology to do. In school for example, you do not need a laptop to take notes. You are perfectly capable of writing them by hand. According to www.globalresearch.ca, “The main goal of technology companies is to get you to spend more money and time on their products, not to actually improve your quality of life. They have successfully created a cultural disease that has gone viral. Consumers willingly surrender their freedom, money and time in pursuit of what exactly? To keep pace with their peers? To appear modern and sophisticated? To not miss out on the latest information?” Also many people are unaware of the materials that go into making technology such as iPhones. The raw materials of iPhones are platinum, aluminum, copper, gold, and silver. 1 ton of iPhones has about 9.72 oz of gold and 283.5 lb of copper. All of theses materials have to be mined. With the mass production of technology comes the mass amount of mining, therefore releasing more carbon into the air. Phone recycling is very common nowadays because everyone wants to get their hands on the materials that are in the iPhone. In fact, only about 10% of the iPhone actually gets recycled, the rest of it is refurbished and resold. This is probably the reason why people pay you to give them your phones to recycle. If people were just happy with the phone that they had, and didn’t go out and buy a new one every time a new iPhone came out, the emission of carbon would be reduced and the destruction of the earth through mining would also be reduced. So next time a new iPhone comes out, you should think about whether you actually need it.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/technology-addiction-in-the-electronic-age-worldwide-progress-or-servitude/5317843
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Rhianna R-usa, Oct. 11, 2013

There is a big difference in the way people I know distinguish wants and needs, and the way people in other parts of the world distinguish them. Where I am from, the newest iPhone or latest IOS update is the normal thing to have. But in other parts of the world, any phone at all is amazing. It seems that at least 3 times a year, a new smart phone comes out.

Lately, phone service providers (such as AT&T or Sprint) have been offering a new plan or deal. I hear it all the time when I watch television. “Upgrade when you want, not when you’re told.” Instead of waiting the normal two years for your contract to expire, you can upgrade to the newest phone for a small (or not so small) fee. Most people think this plan is amazing, but the earth doesn’t think so.

When people get new smart phones, they normally keep their old ones. I even know people who just throw them away somehow. These phones end up in landfills of some sort and their toxins seep into the soil. This increases the amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere and can be very unhealthy for the environment.

Instead of upgrading every time something new comes out, stick with your old phone for a while. And if you just can’t wait, safely dispose of your old phone. There are special places that recycle them or see if your phone service provider will take them. Whatever you choose, keep the earth in mind.

http://www.t-mobile.com/landing/whyt-mobile.html
Rhianna R-usa
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Ally E- USA, Oct. 10, 2013

I think that technology is a precious resource that our world posses, but in result technology has negative effects. The first problem is that technology increases amounts of carbon through its production process, and the use of electricity which gives to charge to our electronics. Every body is so worried about the effect of vehicles and farming on carbon levels, but what many overlook is that phones, and computers are huge contributors. There are billions of people on electronics every second of every day. This brings me to my next point. Technology is addicting which means that the number of people who posses electronics will just grow everyday. Technology has a great impact on our atmosphere and is becoming more and more accessible every day. We need to either cut back on our use of electronics, or find new ways to make them without producing masses of carbon each time.

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/how-to-tech/how-to-reduce-technology-carbon-footprint.htm
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Helena B-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

I am sure many of you have an iPhone or some sort of Apple product, but did you know that to make one iPhone 5 it takes 57 kg of carbon just in its production. Now think about how many people have an iPhone if twenty of your friends have an iPhone 5 then that is 1,140 kg of carbon right there. In the first three days of the iPhone 5 being released, Apple sold over 5 million of them. Each one of them emitted 57 kg of carbon into the atmosphere in production alone, this is not even including transportation. People also have to charge their phone, get a case, and use service for their phones. All of those things also emit carbon into the atmosphere. Many people become obsessed with their iPhone and can not put it down and this effects the carbon emission as well as the way people act now of days. I know that I probably use my iPhone more than I should, but I plan on reducing the time spent on my phone and going outside and doing something productive. Is your phone a must have?

http://www.thegreenitreview.com/2012/09/iphone-5-smartphone-only-if-its-smart.html
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  • Sara LUSA Sara LUSA Oct. 10, 2013
    Wow! I'm shocked by that. I had no idea that making one iPhone made that huge of an impact on the environment! I was doing further research on iPhone sales (http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2013/09/23First-Weekend-iPhone-Sales-Top-Nine-Million-Sets-New-Record.html) and i found out that, in just three days after the two latest iPhones 5c and 5s were released, a record-breaking nine MILLION were sold. That's more than 513 million kilograms of carbon used. No wonder our footprint is so big…
  • Emma K-Sweden Emma K-Sweden Oct. 13, 2013
    This post was in actual fact memorable and made me question my lifestyle and consumption in technology gadgets and material things in general. I am definitely going to reduce my time spent with my gadgets, not only for the sake of the environment but also to hopefully live a life more receivable to the present.
  • Manal S'USA Manal S'USA Oct. 13, 2013
    This just shows the reliance of technology and the wanting of it. The production of the iPhone 5 would have never came about if there wasn't so much wanting of the product. This is why America's carbon footprint is so high. If we hadn't wanted or relied on technology so much then maybe we would actually have a reduction in our footprint. If people took the time to just examine and look over and express the importance of how high the carbon footprint. Then maybe there might be a change. I feel as though people should watch how much of technology they are using and what is going to be the purpose of you using. If its just for entertainment purposes then why waste. But if it for educational or work purposes then you should get it, even then you don't have to use it 24/7. Also try to put your phone on battery saver and lower the brightness so you could save your battery and not have to constantly charge your phone.

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Taylor G-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

People today always want to have the newest technology. Did you know 78% of teens now have a cell phone? Ya shocking I know. Having the latest technology is all the buzz these days. Yes technology is an amazing thing but we should not go crazy over it. Not everyone needs the newest technology. I think we should try and make use with what we have and not complain
http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media/Files/Reports/2013/PIP_TeensandTechnology2013.pdf

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  • JP B/USA JP B/USA Oct. 17, 2013
    I totally agree! I also read that 78% of teens now have cellphones and 50% of teens are on their phone all day. It's just crazy how technology changes our lives.

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Anna H-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

While many people just have to have all the latest technology and newest gadgets they sometimes forget that it s possible to live without them. I am pretty sure almost everyone has wanted the newest technology before and at that moment you probably felt like you really needed it and you just had to have it but the cold, hard truth is that we do not have to have all the newest things for us to live. It is true having certain technology is a need, such as computers used in hospitals and work and cellphones are very important in this day and age, but the need to have the newest and the best technology is unnecessary, and by constantly having to have the newest technology your carbon footprint can increase because with hoe rapidly technology is advancing in order to have the newest and the best you would have to buy new technology very frequently making the purchases section of your carbon footprint increase.

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  • Elizabeth H-America Elizabeth H-America Oct. 17, 2013
    I completely agree! Technology is extremely important in hospitals and for scientists and researchers but teenagers have adapted to overusing the technology they have instead of doing more productive things that could reduce their carbon footprint. I also agree that you do not need the newest phones or whatever it is because most of the time people buying new gadgets are throwing out perfectly good ones that they already have.

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Stefanie F-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

As i read through all of these posts about whether technology is a want or a need, i have reached a conclusion which says that technology is a need but also a want. Needing a computer to do your online homework is a need but having a iPhone 5s just to check your facebook and flaunt it off is a want. In the link below, it states what kids actually need in school-technology wise-to thrive and what they want.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0829/p17s01-stct.html
Stefanie F-USA
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