Why I won’t use iPhone

I have been laughed at and mocked because I refuse to use iPhone. I actually don’t renew my Samsung every two years either because it’s unnecessary. I had my last phone for six years and bought it second hand. Why? BECAUSE I CARE ABOUT THE PLANET and HUMAN RIGHTS.

The minerals used in any smart phone need to be mined. I’m not entirely up to speed on where these are mined but I know that Congo, India, China, and Australia are some of them. I know that children are used to mine thestuff in Congo, and as for China, well, their human rights record is zero, nil, null, zilch. China not only mines the minerals but manufactures iPhones because Apple likes the cheap labour. Shame on Apple.

In China, people ‘disappear’ for apparently no reason. Business men, minor politicians, writers, artists and dissidents. Minorities are oppressed and put in concentration camps. China calls this ‘re-education’. People and children are exploited for cheap labour. China does no publish how many people it executes. It is ignoring the treaty with Britain over Hong Kong, and will prevail over the protests because China does not lose face.

I get told, China and Korea there’s no difference. But we are talking South Korea which makes Samsung, which is a democracy. The governments are elected and it upholds human rights. So my conscience is clear.

The world is just beginning to wake up to the waste created by smartphones on the planet. There are recycling schemes growing around the world but in my opinion no one needs a new smartphone every two years just so that it does something one second faster. I only changed to a newer second hand phone so I could have a banking app because my former neighbour committed fraud with my bank account. I still miss my old phone.

By Chrisssie Morris Brady

I've read poetry since I was nine and have written creatively since I was fourteen (probably long before that). After writing book reviews and social comment, I decided I wanted to write poetry. I have no formal training, but I surround myself with poets and their writing. I am honing my craft.
I have two published collections which I don't feel good about, but have been published by and other publications. I live on the south coast of England with my daughter. I am seriously ill.

3 replies on “Why I won’t use iPhone”

I like my second hand Samsung.

The human rights violations are horrific and heartbreaking. Here in the U.S., my husband and I try to buy things that are made right here in our country, whenever possible. We need more local places of employment, and it hurts the environment when everything you purchase is shipped from somewhere on the other side of the world.

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