Here’s an interesting article from the BBC website: Students ‘own hi-tech gadgets’
It partly reads;
Students increasingly own an expensive range of personal items such as MP3 players, iPods, laptops and widescreen televisions, a survey suggests.
A study for Direct Line home insurance shows the average value of students’ goods rose 50% over the past 10 years.
In 1996, students had possessions worth £1,900, compared with £2,900 now, the poll of 587 students indicated.
Well, that’s in the United Kingdom, where gadgets are more affordable per capita and that people-students in particular can afford such gadgets and tools that would otherwise seem extravagant and flamboyant to the cash-strapped individual. This is clearly evident and experienced here in the Philippines where the craze for the latest gadgets like mobile phones, digi-cams, mp3 players, game consoles, PCs, etc are dampened and stopped dead cold by one great factor: the contents of the average Pinoy’s wallet.
Still, despite the harsh economic realities, you’d still find a great number of young Filipinos, students especially, running around with the latest gadget technology can offer. The most visible representation would be the mobile phone; Nokia, SonyEricsson, Motorolla are just among the top brands whose latest models graze the hands, necks, bags and belt pouches of today’s students and young professionals. Add to this, the mp3 players from Creative, Sony and the much coveted iPod accompanying the newest models of mobile phones owned by the Filipino students today, one could easily assume that things are not so bad here in the Philippines. Or the Philippines is truly modernizing into the future or something else similar.
Nah! I’m just day-dreaming again. Or maybe it’s because I’m studying in a university that belongs to the so-called “Ivy League” schools that I was able to make such assumptions.
If only there is a similar or Philippine version of the UK study then questions would be answered and assumptions corrected (if they are wrong of course) about the state of Filipino students and their relationship to the gadgets like. Such questions could be: How many Filipino students does own a gadget? How much does it all cost? Are the gadgets cutting-edge and the newest models? and many more.