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Discussions Discussion Wants or needs?
Julianne P-USA, Nov. 21, 2011

Whenever I think of the difference between “wants” and “needs” I always think about this one activity we did in kindergarten. Our teacher had pictures of different things, and we had to say whether it was a want or a need. I remember thinking a lot of the things that I thought were needs were actually wants. Most people think they “need” the new version of a cell phone or an iPod, but in reality, if what you have works, why would you need a new one? And do you truly need it in the first place? I know a lot of people need cars to get to work and school, but we don’t need to each drive a car per person every day. We could carpool, or even ride bikes or take public transportation sometimes. A lot of people today think they “need” everything, when in reality, we just want most things, and if we realized this, we could reduce our carbon footprint and limit the environmental impact by not using these products.

Julianne P-USA
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  • Madelyn W-USA Madelyn W-USA Nov. 21, 2011
    Excellent point Julianne! Society often deludes us into thinking that we “need” something, largely through captivating commercials and advertisements. These ads appeal to the consumer, and convince them that they “need” the latest brand of boots, or that they “need” the sleek new version of a car. This delusion, “false needs”, though beneficial for commercial companies, can be quite detrimental to the consumer! It can cause them to have to urge to buy whatever is advertised to them, and to want to flaunt their unnecessary, expensive car, when they could have, instead, conserved energy and chosen a fuel-efficient, though less sleek, car. Here's an excellent article on the concept of “false needs”.
    http://virtuescience.com/false-needs-false-wants.html
  • Sophia H-USA Sophia H-USA Nov. 21, 2011
    I think that was a great point. Those are all things that we want and alot of the time we get them confused with what we need. For example, a few days ago my dad asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I told him that I wanted an ipod or iphone, but then I thought about it and realized that I didn't really need these things.

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