At colleges, students are supposed to deal with a great number of writings. What is more, they have to be on point every time they present it. This sample essay covers one of the most important issues nowadays – iPhones and their impact on teens. If you would like to cover this problem in your writing assignment, this piece could come in handy.
Human interactions and communication have become much easier, and to some extent, this has made our world a better place to live. Various tech improvements, however, aren’t necessarily limited to the social communications alone. Typically, its range extends to the area of the education, where college professors and students make use of it here and there for the class work. Sounds too perfect to be true, don’t you think?
The problem is that the soft onion-skin border between using the Apple products as a mean of communication and the status toys has noticeably thinned. According to the latest research by Piper Jaffray, iPhones, not clothes, are the proof of a certain social status for teens. The researchers say that teens are checking their budget and deciding that all those T-shirts and jeans are so damn yesteryear while spending more and more bucks on gadgets. As everybody gets an iPhone, those teens who do not have iPhones tend to become losers at schools and feel miserable as everyone in the class has a luxury brand in a picket. Things are getting even worse since iPhone remains the choice for celebrities, who tend to take selfies on the red carpet here and there with the iPhone logo in clear view. So the question is – how to treat ‘the gold-rush’ of the XXI century?
The only way out for the parents, who want to keep their status-conscious little ones from spending a fortune on the gadget to get the world’s bestselling status maker is to have a serious talk on the issue. Instead of having love affairs with techs, parents should insist that first of all the ‘status icon’ is an incredible mean of communication that comprises many useful features that prove the usefulness of it! How about the incredible hardware, the wireless charging or the best cameras? Or, excellent device performance and smooth navigation features? Exactly the fact that Apple stuff makes our life easier to some point is supposed to be the cornerstone of why one buys the device. And since the researchers insist that expensive iPhones are used by the teens in order to show off their wealth and status, both – the parents and the social campaigns should be engaged in the propaganda that a smartphone is not an index to one’s social wherewithal.
What it all comes down to is that technology was actually invented to be in service of every human being. But the bad news is that we live in the world where Apple Watch and Google Glass rule, while iPhone presents one’s status and extends the egos of the status-obsessed society.
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