Cellphones... a basis for a person's status symbol??

@cyclopz (197)
Philippines
February 17, 2012 6:51am CST
In this modern age, all people are going crazy just to have the latest gadgets released in the market. I think the latest gadget released people are looking forward to have new is the new Iphone4S especially with its high tech feature where you could even have a conversation with its Siri. Its quite a trend nowadays that even young children already have high end gadgets wherein they would not even be needing most of the gadgets features. It becoming more of a want nowadays than a need and i think most of them are still not responsible enough to have those gadgets, but since their parents could afford those gagdets they are given one as demanded. I think its one way for most parents to compensaste for their lack of time with their kids but i think they are spoiling their kids. Anyways do you think celphones are nowadays becoming a sign of one's status symbol? Are you also one of those who would be buying the latest released gadget in the market? Thanks for sharing guys.
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@Ganesh44 (5547)
• India
18 Feb 12
Although it is unrealistic but yes cell phone has become status symbol in present days.. Costlier your cell phone is the more status you have in society. I think this is not true always because we should not judge the status of a person by the prize of his or her cell phone but by overall holding and capability of that person Hare Krishna Ganesh
• United States
18 Feb 12
For me, the smart phones are a necessity and not just a status symbol. You don't have to be rich to have one anymore, so there is no real status to aspire to. Here in the US even 10 year olds have blackberries, iphones and androids.
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@Ganesh44 (5547)
• India
19 Feb 12
wow that's great you live in US that's world power ,in that way you are lucky .Happy to learn that even kids use such high end cell phones.Yes cell phones prices has gone down considerably so we don't have to be rich to have a latest cellphone. Take Care !!! Hare Krishna Ganesh
• United States
18 Feb 12
My boss got her 14 year old daughter the latest iPhone 4s for Christmas...a gift that I think is completely over the top. It seems to me that kids nowadays (I'm only 23, but still...) are less mature than I was at their age. They don't need constant access to e-mails or apps, & most of them aren't allowed to have their phones at school anyways. I agree, these kids are spoiled but they're lack of responsibility seems to be the status quo now, which is really unfortunate.
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@megamatt (14332)
• United States
17 Feb 12
Unfortunately that does seem to be the case. More and more people are being judged by the quality of the cell phone. Of course, when you truthfully look at them, it is just the same old thing, with a different paint job and maybe a few bells and whistles added to trick people into ordering something that is new. Of course marketing is everything, as those companies have lead people into believing they have had the newest models. I abhor cell phones just on general principle. And it has nothing to do with the phones themselves, but rather a lot about the users of them. Just obnoxious and rude, disrupting what should be a quiet atmosphere. And the cellphone users get younger as well. Every time I see an eight year old on a cell phone, I just want to shed a tear or two. Its rather sad.
• Philippines
25 Feb 12
Some people might think cellphones and gadgets are becoming a sign of a person's status symbol. They think that the more high-tech and expensive the cellphone is, the "richer" the owner is. But I guess that's not really the case for everybody. I have friends who owns simple and low-end cellphones even if they could afford high-end phones such as Iphone4S. People nowadays jumps into conclusion right away just because of what they see.
• Philippines
24 Feb 12
I actually believe that mobile phones have become a necessity in this generation. One cannot not have it as it is the easiest, fastest and most convenient way of communicating with your family and friends. It is also important because at this modern age, it is also being used for business. I think that the main concern here as you pointed out, is that many users actually buy mobile phones with features they don't usually use. Case in point-- iPhone 4S's Siri. To be honest, when you're riding a bus, would you really start talking to your phone while it's on the move? Do you just start blurting out, "Send text to Mom... Please leave me alone!" I think that a lot of people are more excited buying them because of the brand popularity, hence, giving them a sense of popularity as well. To me, if it is so popular, and everyone else wants the popular, they all become popular, then no one is really popular. I own a high-end BlackBerry, I do brag about it sometimes but my main reason of getting it is because of its function. I use my phone for its essential uses like calls and texting. But more than that, I use it to communicate with family and friends who are abroad using BlackBerry Messenger, which makes it cheaper. It gives me access to my emails and I get them as soon as someone sends one to me. I also have Internet connectivity I can use to find out "all-of-a-sudden" needs. I can install apps like mobile banking apps, stock market updates, etc. For me, it really is a very functional phone that helps me go through my day-to-day things conveniently. The only game I have on it is Scrabble, which I fiddle on when I have time to spare. I had my first mobile phone when I was in college, but that's okay, because it was only back then that we are starting to recognize the necessity. But nowadays, I believe that our kids should also have the BASIC devices so that we can get in touch with them regularly. They don't need to have the latest, nifty models, just the ones enough for them to contact us in emergencies, and for us to check on them.
@anil02 (2886)
• India
18 Feb 12
Hello, I am agree with you. In these days celphones are status symbol. Indeed celphones are not only celphone they mini computer. More over person are using it for their entertainment, instead of conversations. It is reason that everyone wants latest models of celphones.
• United States
18 Feb 12
I have the iphone 3G... but when I upgrade I will be going to the iPhone 4S. I don't think of it as a status symbol though... it's just so easy to use and it does everything I need it to do. I do most of my computing on the iPhone as it is. I do mylot and email from it much of the time. I have it set to use wifi at home and it uses the AT&T network when I am away from home. To me, the iphone is the easiest phone to have. My daughter had 2 Android phones and she hated them because they were too complicated.. the iphone is very user friendly. Plus you get them free or nearly free with an upgrade. My daughter paid 99 cents for hers with her upgrade.
• Philippines
18 Feb 12
in some places such as those starting to b a developing countries. anything associated with latest technology is a symbol status. since only few people in that area could afford it. but they also attractive to thieves and other criminals since they could sale such item at higher prices so they most like to spy on there potential victim to steal their valuables.
• Philippines
18 Feb 12
hello cyclopz, Probably in our generation the modern gadgets now is cellphones and it's so useful to us, they needed to used to our communication.
@pratikm23 (139)
• India
18 Feb 12
Yes cell phones nowadays are too common to become a status symbol . There are so many models available in so many ranges and so many features that mostly everyone has the best suited model for them. Geeky people they love switching to latest iphones and models. I am one of those who responds to necessities. If it is really necessary for me to buy an iPhone to complete my business tasks i will do it otherwise not. Its like that for me.
@derek_a (10903)
18 Feb 12
My cellphone is to make and receive calls and sometimes texts when I am out and about. It is also useful to take photos and some video now and again, but I don't regard it as a status symbol. It is just a gadget. A very useful one, but just a gadget. If somebody shows me their latest smart phone, then I am interested in looking at it and hearing what it can do, but I would never waste my money on one. To me, it all seems a bit empty and meaningless, but each to his own I guess. I much prefer having a good powerful computer to work on, but nobody ever sees that except me, so that cannot be a status symbol._Derek
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
18 Feb 12
Nope I don't think so that cellphones can be a basis of our status symbol. You see there are rich people who are very simple. Don't even care whether they have the cheapest brand of cellphone. While some have to go out of their way, take loans, pay for the phones for years - just so they can have the latest iPhone. I would never do that. If I want the latest phone, I have to work hard for it and decide whether it is reasonable buying that.
@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
18 Feb 12
In modern times, the cell phones apart from being status symbols have become part of most people. One would often wonder why this hectic run over possession of mobile phones is gripping fast on the society as a whole. While admitting that the cell phones have become an absolute necessity in every day life, most users are ignorant of the ill effects of its unwarranted use for q quite long time.
@youless (87602)
• Guangzhou, China
18 Feb 12
In fact the cellphone is quite a common thing today. I don't think it can represent people's status symbol. Today some real rich people don't want to use the cellphones since they are tired to be bothered. Whereas a labor can have a cellphone all the time. I love China
• United States
18 Feb 12
I have an i-phone and I am on my daughter's contract. When her husband gets a brand new topest-of-the-line cellphone at work, she gets his hand me down, and I get hers. So I am a couple behind of status. I don't care. The phone I have has gadgets galore. I don't use any of it. I have no need or time for them. I don't even try to figure out what they do. I have too many other things to take care of or be responsible for in life without them. I know one weekend, my nephew, helped me to do something on my phone because I had just gotten possession of it and did not even know how to call out on it. He said 'what kind of phone is that? Oh, just an i-phone?', and handed it back to me. I thought 'well, my phone must not have impressed him.' So, yes, they are one way of looking at one's financial status.
@ajalitus (127)
• United States
18 Feb 12
I don't really care much for cellphones. They're nice but at the end of the day, the only effective and practical function I'm going to get out of it is making a phone call. I don't really even listen to much technology stuff. I didn't know about that Siri thing, for instance. Kids are getting phones at way earlier ages than in the past. They really have no use for them. I got my phone in 12th grade which was about 2 years ago. I'm still using it now. Phones have somehow become noticed more. I don't think it's that big of a deal what phone you have. Even if you get a brand new high tech phone, you'll probably love it the first day and by a year, you'll want a new phone.
• United States
17 Feb 12
I think that, especially when they first came out, advanced phones like the Blackberry and the IPhone were a way to look at a person's socioeconomic status. I don't personally have a very advanced phone; it texts and makes calls, which is all I really use. It can connect to the Internet, but that's why I have a laptop, so I don't bother with it. Other people will see that I have this not-so-new phone and come to the conclusion that I can't afford it, thus viewing me as somebody of a lower class level. Whether or not this is true is sort of beyond the point. I do think that it's used as an indicator of a person's status, as wrong as that is.
@Ernnesto (180)
• Slovak Republic
17 Feb 12
I think for some poeple newest smartphone can be something like their are presenting their identity or things which help them to show of. Anyway, I am not that kind of person, I am an owner of older model of iphone 3g and I am satisfied enough with it. It is really helping me to do many things sooner, makeing my life duties easier. I think that you are right with some parensts who buy their children a new cell phone like Iphone 4s just because they do not have enought time for them.
@tipay26 (873)
• Philippines
17 Feb 12
I beg to disagree!! hahaha the latest gadgets are the not the basis for one's status symbol.I will never buy something that I don't really need though.At times like this we have to be practical.Those gadgets that is available in the market may be available for only a given time, month or even weeks so why would you spend on them right?I'd rather use my money to buy food or have a grocery shopping for family that way I can help myself by not starving :)
• Philippines
17 Feb 12
I definitely won't agree with that. It would be so unfair if we are going to base the status of a person because of his cellphone. There are some people who lived within their means. Not all well-off people in the world do value expensive stuff.