OPINION: Should I really upgrade my smartphone?

By Jean Donaldson

Jean Donaldson

Jean Donaldson

With the release of the newest iPhone dawning upon us, many are probably debating with themselves about the new upgrade. The constant influx of smartphones to the market causes today’s consumers to rarely stop and think about the work that goes into the brilliant devices they use to check everything from stocks to sports scores. With this technology at their fingertips, the buyer seldom fully appreciates what a valuable resource their smartphone is and never considers that he or she might be becoming full of greed.

Apple has recently been in the news for underpaying and overworking their employees, Anya Kamenetz of Fast Company News, said. The results of an undercover investigation that she reported on shared the appalling daily routine that a Chinese factory worker underwent. The employees were working beyond the China labor limit for minimal pay in order to keep the costs of phones low. Phone producers are reaping in money by the billions while their workers receive a miniscule fraction for their time and dedication to the company, and most people don’t realize the struggle those workers go through on a daily basis. Perhaps an introspection on why you think you need the upgrade would help answer the smartphone dilemma.

Updates are constantly being released, and appreciation for all that we have is often lost in the shuffle. There may seem to be advancements with the newer version of your phone, but we can forget how blessed we are to have the technology currently in our pocket. When appreciation is lost, people may start to become greedy.

Consumers of any piece of technology need to look at their laptops, tablets, gaming systems or smartphones and take a minute to fully appreciate the capabilities of their electronics and the labor put into the making of the items they use daily. They need to ask themselves if their desire for the newest phone stems from something more than just wanting a new phone.

Perhaps people today are becoming filled with greed because they have already been given too much. They do say that too much of a good thing is a bad thing, and it’s possible that we’ve been given so much that appreciation is long gone, and greed is starting to take its place.

Jean Donaldson is a freshman biology major pursuing a career in orthodontics. She can be reached at donaldsonj1@huntington.edu. This column reflects the views of the writer only.

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