Is There Any Other Reason People Buy an iPhone For?
…apart from social status.
Apart from having a kick-ass social status, what else do people buy an iPhone for?
I read this article by David O. in which he has given a good explanation about why people buy iPhones:
…and I agree with him.
Why do you think people click mirror selfies with iPhones?
Why do you think iPhone users keep only one ringtone — Opening — throughout their iPhones? I mean, you put a lot of money on the iPhone, why not buy a song from iTunes and change your ringtone? I don’t think so.
Why do we buy a back cover with a small cut-out circle to reveal the Apple logo?
Yes, most of us buy an iPhone because we want to flaunt and show-off. It gives us a sense of importance and power. We feel part of a group and humans, since the Stone-Age, have always wanted to be part of a group. Social exclusion was almost equal to death.
Social exclusion was almost equal to death.
When we own an iPhone we feel part of the privileged few. People should be proud to be friends with us. They should click pictures in Portrait Mode and record my video in slow motion. Heck, I am an iPhone user and I can’t think of more than these two features right now that people buy an iPhone for.
Anyway, buying an iPhone is not a problem. The reason you buy an iPhone is the problem.
What reason did I buy for?
I am not sure if you are going to believe me or not but I did not buy an iPhone for social status. That is why I am writing this article.
Although, yes, sometimes when I am in public area and my ‘iPhone’ rings, I feel a bit special and I let the ‘iPhone’ ring for a few more seconds than it is supposed to, letting everyone in on this secret that I have an ‘iPhone’. I pretend that my ‘iPhone’ is stuck and I slowly get my ‘iPhone’ out of my pocket. And then I talk like I got a call from the royal palace or maybe I am royal myself. I am working on it. Please don’t judge me.
I mean, you can see for yourself, the image an Apple iPhone has made in our society. Even those, like me, who buy an iPhone, not for social status, fall in the trap of feeling socially privileged.
Even those, like me, who buy an iPhone, not for social status, fall in the trap of feeling socially privileged.
Coming back to our question. What did I buy an iPhone for?
I bought an iPhone to limit myself.
Yes, you heard that right. I had a chronic disease to use my phone too much. I had an Android before I got my first iPhone recently and I was latched onto my Android day and night, especially on YouTube.
It was killing me from inside but I was not able to do anything. I wanted to but I wasn’t. That disgusting feeling was there in the back of my head but I was not doing anything about it. It was like I had given up but I did not know. I wanted to change but I wasn’t ready to take care of the problem itself — my Android.
You might have already heard that to change yourself you must change your environment. Well, my environment was my Android and I was feeding it rather than getting rid of it.
And finally, I did it. I let it go and I bought my new and first iPhone. It was so exhilarating and overwhelming that for the first few weeks I couldn’t believe I had one. I took care of it like my own child. I did not use it too much because I did not want to damage the battery. I did not watch movies or YouTube on it because it was too costly to be viewed YouTube or Netflix on.
AppStore is not Play Store
Another thing that limited me from using my phone was applications and games.
We all know that Google is more open to accepting almost any kind of game or application and publish it on the Play Store. But, not Apple. Apple is more scrutinized when it comes to what kind and quality of applications/games it wants to reach its customers.
Apple applications are more secure too. And that is why most of the applications and games on AppStore are paid and not free. I don’t know about you but I do not want to spend all my money on games I won’t use more than a few times.
In fact, this is one of the reasons I bought an iPhone as I am not a game enthusiast. So, it works out for me.
Most may think that it is a stupid reason to buy an iPhone just because I wanted to reduce my phone usage. And I do agree until a point.
As I already told you my feeling when I get a call on my ‘iPhone’ in a public area and how I behave in that situation, which implies that yes I am guilty too of being a blind Apple fanatic.
It was like hitting two birds with one arrow. I got what I wanted and my cellphone usage was reduced by a great margin.
Thus, there is more than just one reason you can buy an iPhone for or any other product for that matter. Just have a solid reason for it. Do not fall for the stereotypes out there.
Go buy an iPhone if you have to. You can even buy it for the same reason I did. Of course, if you have the same goals as I do.
The point of this article was simple. Know why you are buying an iPhone. The reason matters a whole lot than the phone itself.
If possible, open your mind and think why do you need/want an iPhone or you will keep buying an iPhone no matter what, just like David speaks in his article.
Thank you for reading. :)