The globalisation, cheap materials and low-paid workers in third world countries have resulted in an overflow of available clothing options and technologies. Due to that, the throw-away mentality becomes more common - however, this results in problematic consequences.
First of all, a lot of cheap clothing is produced by many fashion lines. Consequently, people buy a lot of clothes that they don't really need just because they are cheap and somewhat fasionable. Because of the trend-oriented society, many supposedly old-fashioned clothes are then being thrown away, although they are perfectly alright. In addition, the new clothes that were bought are of poor quality which makes them last only a short period of time - thus, they will be discarded of mostly within a year and the customer would need to buy new clothes. Also fashion trends leave as fast as they came, so once a piece of clothing is not fashionable anymore, the customer also gets rid of it. This reminds of a vicious circle that repeats itself permanently.
This circle is even worse with electronical inventions such as smartphones, tablets, TVs and more. People always want to have the newest version of their electronic devices with all the new features, even though they might not need those features at all. The old phone for instance will then end up somewhere in a box - people are just too lazy to just sell it or recycle it. Yet, producing electronic devices requires a lot of raw material which is sometimes rare and scarce at the same time. Those need to be imported which also very expensive and also creates a dependency on other companies which are located in another country most of the time.
In conclusion, people should be much more aware of the effects that buying new clothes all the time or a new phone every year has. We all should value those goods much more and be even more careful with the use of limited resources.
Smartphones and tablets are getting more and more important in our everyday lives. It is unthinkable, to just spend 10 minutes without looking at the phone and checking text messengers, e-mails or instagram.
Of course, constantly being available has many advantages. Through constant messaging, it is easier to stay in touch with friends and family - also keeping contact to relatives that might not live in the same country is much more easier. In addition, constantly being online is useful in case that there is an emergency. That way, you can always reach out to important people and get a response quickly. Also, remote work is facilitated as well, making work hours much more flexible and thus, it is more attractive for parents with children for instance.
However, the time spent on the phone can have negative effects also. Because a big part of leisure time is spent on the phone, people don't have a lot of time for really spending time with friends, family or even themselves. In general, people feel a constant need to respond or to look into work materials or to finish an important presentation at home for instance. This might result in detereorating health conditions or mental illnesses such as depression or burnout syndrom because the body does not get the needed amount of phases of rest.
In my opinion, people should be much more aware of the time they spend on their phones. It can also help to designate certain times of digital detox, where the phone is completely turned off and during which people just concentrate on themselves like doing sports for instance.