From a very young age, I’ve always been interested in new gadgets and products that have come out. Much of my time was spent trolling through the Argos catalogue after school and choosing which items I was going to buy with my non-existent money.
As we have grown older, technological innovation has developed greatly and also become increasingly more costly. With this has mounted pressures to keep up with these developments, which has also become less practical and affordable. Apple and the annual reinvention of the iPhone have a big part to play in the technological arms race that has become ‘the norm’ in society. (Insert picture of new iPhone).
Every year around the time the school/college/university/work is about to start after summer, Apple releases their keynote presentation on the newest iPhone model, which always takes over the internet. However as young people, there are pressures, whether they are underlying or not, to keep up with the trends of the newest products that are out. These trends not only manifest because of Apple but in numerous unique scenarios.
In some ways, being a part of the millennial era, we are forced to be consumed by having the “newest” and “latest” version of everything, which has its advantages. New technology has transformed our lives, inventions ranging from newer cameras providing better video quality for creators to cars that can run on rechargeable electrical energy. In turn the staying power of smaller scale products, such as mobile phone models, has arguably reduced massively; we’re not able to enjoy products for very long before its more advanced successor takes its shine.
But as a student I have to remind myself of the most important thing which is the importance of prioritising. Not in a mundane sense of using every last penny in your account on books, but in the sense of investing in yourself: will having all the newest material objects help you be who you are today or is it helping to mould you into the person you want to be in the future?