The Apple iPhone

By | July 19, 2009

The recent release (June 19) of the Apple iPhone 3GS (I’m sure we have all seen the commercials and advertisements for Apple’s newly updated version of the iPhone) has an innumerable amount of what the iPhone calls “apps” (features). The various apps allow you to perform different functions such as listening to music, recording videos, going on the internet, using e-mail, looking at maps, taking photos, and a number of other functions. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that it is also supposed to work as a phone.


Apple introduced the original iPhone on June 29, 2007, after a very long and hyped up wait. With Apple’s recent widespread successes in selling both computers and iPods, Apple decided to expand upon it’s already popular name by venturing into a business that was growing perhaps even faster than Apple’s bank itself, the cell phone industry. The iPhone was to go farther and be better than any other phone before. It was to combine music, internet, e-mail, camera, and verbal communication into a singular device. It was to be a multitude of devices all fit into one. However, there is one question to be asked. When does it all become too excessive?

We appear to have an American society that is becoming more fast-pace and technologically advanced than ever before. This advancement is not unexpected, given the fact that society is always progressing forward and inventing new gadgets and devices in order to move ahead. But are we becoming too obsessed and infatuated with objects such as iPhones and other similar devices. The iPhone allows us to do so many things right out of our own pockets, but is their an actual need to be able to constantly go on the internet or message your buddy whilst enjoying a picnic, taking a hike, watching a sporting event, or driving. I believe personally that it has extended far beyond the definition of superfluous (useless or needless). How can one possibly enjoy what they may be doing when half of their attention is focused on watching a surfing dog on youtube or messaging their friend about the weather.

Let’s use going to the beach as an example. One might visit the beach to enjoy the water, spend time with other people, go surfing or bodyboarding, meet other people, play a particular sport such as volleyball or Frisbee, or just take in the natural beauty of the coastline. There are many reasons why one might enjoy going to a beach, but the list does not include playing solitaire on your phone, or text messaging your friend about how good you thought a movie was. Perhaps you may want to take pictures at the beach, and if that is the case then there is still no need for a multi-functional device, rather you could bring a camera which will give you much better quality anyway.

If you are going to taste the splendors of the natural world and places such as a beach then there is no reason to spend the entire time focused on a phone. If one wants to spend a day watching videos on their phone or text messaging their friend, then one can easily do all of these things at home. If you really want to be social with one of your friends then get together with them rather than glue your eyes to a touch screen keyboard (iPhone feature) all day. Enjoy the beach for what the beach is, not as a place where you can sit and play with your phone.

If you have a phone that has an infinite amount of features than please don’t let it become an interference when you are doing other things. If you want to watch Youtube videos than watch them at home on your computer, not on a camping trip. There is much more to this world than iPhones. Remember, there were other things to do before playing virtual soccer on a little phone screen, there was playing actual soccer itself.

Zach Seites-Rundlett

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Jon Haynes on July 20, 2009 at 8:24 am.

This is so true Zach, so many things which were invented to make life easier can often become more of a distraction than benefit. Another prominent example I can think of is Facebook; need I say more.

zach s-r on July 20, 2009 at 11:40 am.

In regard to Facebook being another good example, I could not agree more.

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