iPhones Manufactured in China

What is Globalization?

There are four key aspects to globalization:

  • Cultural
  • Economic
  • Technological
  • Environmental

Globalization is how people interact with the environment throughout different cultures, communication is always developing through technology, and the economy grows by nations interacting with each other.


Every country is linked together through technology. We're brought together through our phones, the internet, and even game consoles.

One problem I see with technology is that maybe it makes us too connected. It's always great that we're finding new ways to communicate with each other but people not wanting to socialize with each other because they’re too preoccupied with their phones speaks to a much larger problem within our generation.


Environmental globalization could include the increasingly global effects of human activity on the environment.

One problem, I think, is that we use too many natural resources for our own entertainment. I'm not saying specifically with making iPhones but just in general. Like, how we use an abundance of gasoline for Nascar and we're just wasting a nonrenewable resource for entertainment.


Cultural globalization may highlight the connections among languages, ways of living, and fears of global homogeneity through the spread of North American and European languages and culture.

One problem I see with globalization is basically the Americanization of, well, the world. Some people think it's ruining cultures. For example, there's a McDonalds right next to the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.


Economic globalization means the greater global connections of economic activities, through transnational trade, capital flows and migration.

One problem economically would be that employees over in China do not get paid enough. There's a company that Apple uses called Foxconn that works the employees so hard that most end up taking their own lives.

I think there's a simple solution for that problem; don't work your employees to the point of suicide. Pay them more and don't exhaust them with the work overload. I also think another solution would be to raise awareness to the United States because what American looks at their iPhone and thinks, "Wow, someone died to make this for me."

The Life of an iPhone

There's no doubt that the iPhone is an iconic brand for America. However, when you buy an iPhone, you're also buying a little of another country as well and this is how. The blueprint and processors are from the US, display panels, chipsets and memory are from Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, gyroscope from Europe and the rare earth minerals are from Mongolia. All of that just comes together in China, the world's factory. After being made in China, it is then shipped back to the United States for sale and distribution, where Americans, like myself, can purchase an iPhone at a Best Buy or Walmart, etc.

My Walk with Globalization

Everyone has a relationship with globalization. It's how we interact with the world. I, personally, interact mostly through technology. I'm always on Tumblr and Twitter on my phone or computer and because of those sites and pieces of technology, I have friends all around the world. I wouldn't be able to have these relationships without the internet. I also am able to discover new music through the internet and I buy that band's music from Best Buy or Newbury Comics or whatever (because I'm highly against iTunes) and that affects the band being able to tour to other countries.

I think a bad impact globalization has on my life is that I spend too much time on the internet and not in real life.