Consumer-Crazy: Three Reasons to Avoid New Technology

Technology exists in a dynamic and fast-paced marketplace. Everyone wants the latest smartphone, laptop, tablet and television. The last two decades have seen some drastic changes, especially in light of a recent video  illustrating a group of kids’ troubles with a Walkman.

While there’s no reason to revert back to the 80’s, there is something to be said for avoiding the rapid and expensive wave of new technology. The promise of new features and advanced design may be tempting, but so is the alternative. Consider the following points before abandoning your current gadgets. Delaying your personal tech-evolution can help you:

  • Save the environment. Cell phones, computers and other electronic devices can contain heavy metals such as lead and beryllium. These contaminants cannot be transported to the nearest landfill; they must be carefully handled at a specialized recycling plant. Even these measures carry some risk according to the EPA, including environmental pollution. If you are committed to a clean planet, don’t allow your lust for “new” impact your integrity. Stick to your current stuff and keep your cast-offs from harming the Earth.
  • Save money. If eco-altruism isn’t a priority, let’s talk about how electronics affect only you. Sure, you’ll have the latest gadgets money can buy, but consider the personal sacrifice illustrated in the following example:

Finn is a die-hard Apple fan. He has owned every generation iPhone since the brand’s inception. Not surprisingly, Finn struggles with impulse buying and budgeting. In a moment of clarity, he realizes that he has spent over $4,000 on Apple phones and gadgets in the past decade.

Finn could have used his $4,000 to pay off credit card debt, start an IRA, or contribute to his child’s college fund. While paying for a singular phone is unavoidable, an annual investment is not. Prioritize cash above app speed—save your money when it counts.

  • Avoid the trend-setter persona. Unless you are an impressionable middle-schooler, there is no reason to allow peer pressure to impact your buying choices. Stop focusing on the popular things and allow yourself to appreciate the value of existing things. Translation? Get attached to your stuff. Finding an item you love will ensure long-term usage and hesitation about trading up for a newer model. You’ll also have an easier time investing your money carefully and wisely. Just as a child favors a pair of shoes or a treasured stuffed animal, a genuine attachment will help you maintain a metered perspective. Don’t join the flock of media-driven consumers; summon the courage to make your own choices.