Since the iPhone has broadened the spectrum of what cell phones are capable of, they have seem to go from novelty to necessity. The capabilities are endless considering the 140,000 + apps. This article in the New York Times says that the average user may download several applications only to religiously use between five and ten. They compare this to cable tv, saying that the average cable user becomes accustomed to about a dozen channels even though hundreds are available. A psychotherapist, Julie Graham from San Francisco says that people, “Think I’m supposed to want more of them than I have,” creating a sense of being left out of the population of iPhone users.
Personally I have refrained from the masses, not purchasing the iPhone. I can personally attest to feeling left out at times when people are talking about the phone and their new rain stick application or light sabor. To me it seems unimportant and a little useless and yet it’s the whole world when the next person downloads the useless application that probably is never used after the first few days. This made me think though, what else has social influences in our society?