The state of my hand-me-down, smashed screen phone is the source of constant mockery from my friends, especially since it’s my second hand-me-down, smashed screen Samsung S3 mini and it’s been the case for so long no one can even remember what I had before that. But I don’t want a new phone, and here’s why.
- A beautiful young woman from Vermont recently taught me about conflict minerals in the Congo (also prevalent in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Zimbabwe). These are tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold. They are mostly found in electronic gadgets such as phones, laptops, games consoles, but also your car, pipes, and the tins your baked beans come in. The demand for these minerals results in environmental damage associated with mining, smuggling, illegal taxation, displacement, war, murder, rape, and the mineral trade has part funded these crimes for several decades.
- I can’t stand Iphones quite frankly, and Samsung have now been linked with the palm oil travesty. Samsung SDS announced that it will be forming a joint venture with a Korindo, a company responsible for burning and clearing tens of thousands of hectares of pristine rainforest in Indonesia for palm oil and timber production. I’m not boycotting Subways delicious cookies just to reinvest in deforestation through Samsung.
- I don’t want my phone buzzing with 10 different communication portals all day and night. If I’m hanging with my man I don’t care about work emails and Facebook posts, when I go to bed at night I want to be able to relax and not have to deal with trivial demands, I don’t feel the need to take a 10,000 pixel photo of my dinner and post it up to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook before I’ve even taken my first bite (at least not always!) and as such, I don’t require a phone that allows all of these activities.
- Sure you can get a smartphone pretty cheap these days, but if 1-3 aren’t good enough reasons for you, I’m just the sort of person who wants to spend a couple of hundred bucks on something more enjoyable.
I find it strange that people are so obsessed with my phone choice, but it’s a pretty cool opening to a conversation about some pretty meaningful stuff, so maybe don’t stop teasing me about it after all.