I want an Ipad. I have no idea why, I just do.
Recently I was listening to the radio during lunch and they were discussing whether people who are unhappy are more likely to want the latest technology. This was straight after the release of the new iphone when people had been queueing outside apple stores to buy it. Is it true that people who are less satisfied with life are more likely to seek solace in material objects?
To an extent I think anyone who grows up in a capitalist society is affected by a need for nice things in life, especially those of us who grew up quite comfortably in a middle class home. It is probably worse for us, a generation that has grown up with the internet and mobile phones. As someone who is often down or miserable over things even I admit are ridiculous, I definitely feel this may be part of the reason why I want the latest laptop and phone and why I have such a social network addiction. One of my comforts when I’m feeling bad about myself is to go shopping. Even if it’s just ordering something off of the internet I feel ever so slightly better when I’m spending money on things I don’t really need . I love the excitement of getting it in the post. Buying things makes me feel good. Getting the latest technology makes me happy. I want an ipad even though I don’t really know what it does! I have an ipod nano 4th gen and I’d love to get a Classic now, though that is actually more for practical reasons. I have a lot of music.
The thing with technology is that it is ever-changing and new things are constantly being developed. Whatever phone I get I will probably end up wanting a better one after about six months. I currently have a Blackberry Curve and the more it annoys me the more I want to switch to Android or iphone. Of course the recent problems with blackberry’s internet being down hasn’t helped. The reaction to that incident shows just how reliant on technology we have become over the past few years, people were so angry and felt so isolated, despite still being able to text and call and access the internet on a laptop or computer.