2. Brittle to what's new

I was inspired to write my two cents about the coffee shop conversations I was hearing earlier today; technically not eavesdropping, as the people seated next to my table were being unaware of their surroundings and talking obnoxiously. Seated in front of a window, encased by the corner wall, and warmed by the sun while reading a book... here is what I came up with. 


The world is truly ran by capitalism. With the new gadgets set to come out by the end of this year, it's all that people talk about. The craze for this 'new' phone, with 'new' features intended to make our lives 'easier' to live is all over social media, and in personal conversations. The most relevant question of the year: "Which phone is better, Phone x or Phone y?" (made by the same company)

Since today's youth are powered by gadgets, they are probably already asking their parents for these phones - if their parents haven't provided them yet by the end of this year, as they have been conditioned. See, there is an inherent want for us to fit in with the times, and if the people you're always with have the latest gadgets in their hands, of course you wouldn't want to be left out! And that's okay, that's what makes us human. It's all part of the process. But you can CONTROL it. 

What lengths are you willing to go to acquire these 'ergonomically innovative' products? I'm sure there is a person out there somewhere that just bought what they presumed to be the latest phone, only to be faced with a newer, better version of it months after. Phones aren't cheap, especially when it's curated by well known brands. Technology just keeps surprising me every time, but shouldn't they give their consumers a little time to digest what's already been out there.. give a couple years, before coming out with a new product? It just rattles me because people become slaves to what's new; well from what I've observed, where I live. 

I can't generalize, but there are two types of people, eh? One who sticks with the trends, and NEEDS to have what is the latest, and another who prides in having the same thing for quite a number of years. Whichever you identify with, that's up to you. I think it's important now, more than ever, to see the value of our belongings, and be more practical. With how things are going, and the inflation of goods in the span of fifty years... we need to be thinking ahead, instead of barring what we can become in the next century. On top of everything, changing something so quickly, surpassing the topic of phones, just adds to the earth's ever-growing carbon footprint. Where do you think your old gadgets go if you don't dispose of it properly? It goes back to our earth, contaminating our natural resources, which in turn,  cannot be re-used or recycled

Bottomline is. WAKE UP! DON'T BREAK AND LET YOURSELF FALL VICTIM TO CONSUMERISM. Be smart, and I know you are, with where you invest your money. You know what they say, if it ain't broken, don't fix it. This also goes back to you, and the choices you make. Always choose the quality over the quantity, and to add to that equation, longevity. Owning something should be infused with a little bit of commitment. 

Free writing or.. rant? Anyway, thanks for hearing me out.

- S. 


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