I use several technological devices daily. I could not live without my iPhone. I use it constantly to text as well as to check my emails and social media accounts. I use my iPad regularly to do readings for this class or surf the web. I also often watch Netflix before bed on my iPad. Another device I use daily would be my laptop. Personally I have a MacBook Pro, which I use for schoolwork as well as to browse the Internet. At work I use a Dell laptop, to access the server’s files and to use different computer programs. Quite frequently I will also use my family’s desktop computer, which is also a Mac. I use this whenever I need to use the printer.
My need for technological devices has changed over time. I started using our home computer in 2004. When the 2nd generation iPod Nano came out, in 2006 it was the present to get for Christmas that year. Which is ironic because when I go to use this iPod now it seems so out of date, but at the time I couldn’t imagine anything better. I got my first cell phone the summer of 2008 before I started high school. This was so I could keep in touch with both my parents and friends. I got my first laptop for Christmas in 2011. It was a mini laptop so I could use it for schoolwork because I had taken over the family computer. Reflecting on how I got my devices, every single one was bought brand new.
I have updated my phone twice. The first phone I had was a LG Rumor; I wore out two keyboards in two years before upgrading to a Blackberry Pearl Flip. In 2012 I wanted an iPhone, I waited and watched as new generations came out and finally got the new iPhone 4S, which I am still using. Being the broke student I am today I have to wait for my plan to be eligible for an upgrade or I would go get the iPhone 5S right now!
In 2012 I also upgraded my laptop. Because I was going away to school, I needed a bigger laptop than the mini so I got a 15” MacBook Pro. After using the laptop for a year, my only complaint was that I would go with the 13” because it would be lighter to take to class. My mom wanted my laptop so I got a new 13” and she is using my 15”.
I usually want to update because a new version of a product I have comes out. Besides the change in size I don’t think I will need to replace my laptop until it dies now. However my phone is a different story, every time a new generation of iPhone comes out I want it. Why…because it is better.
Now that we have become so dependent on our smart phones there are other devices that we have thrown aside. I rarely use my camera any more; I have a great camera on my phone so I don’t need it. Even if I do want to bring it somewhere I almost always forget it so I end up using my phone anyways. As well I never use my iPod anymore either, I just use my phone instead.
Even though I have updated my devices or don’t use them often I haven’t really disposed of anything. I either pass it on to be used by someone else or have kept it. I still have my first Walkman, camera, phone, and iPod sitting in a drawer collecting dust.
I haven’t really considered the environmental effects of my devices since I have not actually disposed of them yet. Maybe that’s why I haven’t, because I would feel guilty getting ride of all these products that work perfectly fine, I just wanted something new. It is such a waste for all of these products to be unused, but they are no longer up to date, so we over look them. The biggest social affect I think these devices are having is with personal interaction. While these devices connect society so we can be in constant contact with each other, they are also hindering our face-to-face interaction with people. When we are with people we are constantly on our phones talking to someone who isn’t even there while we ignore the people we are with. Watch this video to see the impact of us constantly looking down.