It was because I didn't want to contribute to the demand for electronics that creates more e-waste. I didn't want all my existing charging cables and docking speaker system to become useless and incompatible with my new phone. Apple decided to create Lightning, a new proprietary connector for the iPhone 5 rather than use the Micro-USB which is standard across other platforms. I voted with my dollars to not reward Apple for their bad behavior.
|About 70% of globally generated e-waste ends up in China.|
I also didn't want to upgrade my phone when the one I have works just fine. It may no longer be new but it still allows me to accomplish pretty much everything I need it to do. I will need to re-evaluate when the phone gets slower or when I will no longer be able to use certain apps because my iOS is no longer supported (I'm on iOS 6). Or I'll just have to learn to live without them. Thankfully a lot of sites have a mobile web experience and all I need for that is a browser.
I was just thinking about this today - sure we've seen many advances and life is "easier" now but is it really? You were able to do a lot of things back then too but it was a little more difficult but there was a certain mystery to it. Now you can find out almost everything you need to know before you experience it yourself. Where's the anticipation? The patience? And for all the conveniences we have why is it still so hard for friends to get together? There should be an app for that. ;o)
Read more about e-waste in this CNN article China: The electronic wastebasket of the world
Or simply do a Google image search for "ewaste" to see where most of the world's ewaste goes - piled up in a third world country.