Apple- More addictive than crack

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thebritishguy, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. thebritishguy macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2011
    Am i the only one that finds myself justifying spending hundreds and thousands of dollars on the latest Apple hardware that i don't REALLY need

    I have a perfectly good updated MBP with ample storage and memory and I never really experience any bottlenecks with it.

    ...... but I look now at the rumors of the new MBP, and my mind starts to form illogical pathways that convince me that if it's lighter and faster/with a retina display I not only should get it but i genuinely need it.

    Until 4 years ago I never had a piece of apple hardware, then on that fateful day in November 2007- iPhone 2g launch day, passing by a O2 mobile phone store in London i thought... I will just go and in and see it, next thing I know I am walking out GBP200 worse off but with the iPhone (man was i popular for around a month)

    Since that first taste of the the Apple high I have bought 4 MB Pros, 3 iPhones, 2 AppleTVs, 3 iPods, an IPad2 and various apple peripherals.

    Incredible really, the combination of top notch build quality, military grade secrecy on new products, suspenseful marketing and an integrated platform approach have me well and truly hooked.

  2. that1guyy macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2011
    Go to a shrink.

    That isn't healthy, its just a computer.
  3. thebritishguy thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2011
    Is there an App for finding one?
  4. RenoG macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
  5. Carl Sagan macrumors 6502a

    Carl Sagan

    May 31, 2011
    The Universe
    This times a billion.
  6. rocknblogger macrumors 68020


    Apr 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    Only the first hit.
  7. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Pretty much.
  8. mac jones, Feb 29, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2012

    mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    Just find something cheaper to replace the addiction.
  9. wineandcarbs macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    I don't suffer from this problem. I have an early-2011 MBP and have no interest in replacing it anytime in the near future. I do, however, have an interest in purchasing an MBA to use alongside it... that's my latest dilemma (first world problems, I know).
  10. iDuel macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2011
    If the MacBook does everything that you want it to do, then don't replace it.

    If there is one feature in the new MBPs that you have to have, then by all means upgrade! (silly imo)
  11. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    No need. You can get plenty of great psychoanalysis here.
  12. wineandcarbs macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
  13. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
  14. thebritishguy thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2011
    True, so far I feel I am special but with a need for some urgent counseling on my unhealthy love for apple......
  15. Delighted macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2012
    Perhaps you are experiencing shopping addiction(specifically toward apple products). If you have the money feel free to spend it and buy more, but if it's starting to affect your life, considering getting some help. Wish you well.
  16. ldominguez1986 macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2012
    To each their own I guess...
    The one thing that drives me nuts though is the iPad. Don't get me wrong I have the first one and its nice, but realistically it sits in my drawer collecting dust. I use my iPhone 4s for stuff I could use the iPad for. What I mean about it driving me nuts are the people that just aren't happy with one that they feel the need to buy the new one every year. What on earth do you need a camera on an iPad for??? I have had mine since day one, and I admit it lost it's novelty fairly quick.
  17. wineandcarbs macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    I had an iPad 2 for almost a year, but sold it recently. It's a great device, but like you I found mine sitting and collecting dust. I got it before I got my MBP and enjoyed it, but once I got my MBP, I found myself preferring just to use that, and I have my iPhone for when I'm on the go or don't need to use my computer. Recently I tried hard to find new uses for it because I felt bad not making use of it, but I finally realized that it just wasn't something I made enough use of to justify keeping. It lost it's novelty very quickly for me as well (to each their own though; my mom has a first-gen iPad and loves it. It's just not for me).
  18. allieverything macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2012

    I feel you. I often find myself trying to justify the need to have all brand new Apple products. So far I stopped at the Apple rechargeable battery charger. lol :)
  19. camardelle macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2011

    That was some funny stuff. LOL!!

    I love my iMac and MBP, but I think I'm done for the time being. Buying these were luxury purchases for me and I wouldn't have ever spent that much on a computer before. I'm glad I did.
  20. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    OP - Greatly written thread. Enjoyed reading it. Really hit me.
  21. cosmicjoke macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2011
    Portland, OR
    meh, i was hoping for a story of how you turned tricks and stole from your family to fund your apple addiction when i clicked this thread
  22. vsound, Mar 1, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2012

    vsound macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2012
    When you desire something (and we all desire something), your brain releases dopamine when you attain it and you get a short-lived high. It's very similar to how drug addiction works.

    When the high has waned, you desire to have that dopamine release again. And again. And again.

    Of course, it's great to purchase things you enjoy. We should all use our money to make us happy, but being responsible with your purchases will grant you a better financial life, which also leads to a more stable existence. That in itself promotes happiness which does not rely on an addiction, and can last until something unfortunate occurs to offset it.

    The best thing you can do is to make yourself hesitate in your buying. Consider how the products will benefit you beyond flashing them to your friends just to say "Oh, look what I have!"

    I have an iPhone 4S and a 15" MacBook Pro. A part of me wants the iPad to say I have it, but I have no real plans to purchase one because I can't justify spending that much just for the rare book I have time to read.

    Good luck. I found a lot of comfort in Zen, which is something at the core of Apple's own philosophy. Everything should have a purpose in your life. All else is just clutter.
  23. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Most people who compulsively buy gadgets like this are fiscally irresponsible.

    Surely there's more important things to do like ... Payoff your car, or your student loans, or start saving for a house.

    Anytime you catch yourself wanting to splurge on things you don't need, just think of your debts.
  24. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    "My name is thebritishguy and i'm an Appleholic"

    "Hi thebritishguy"
  25. pat park macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2011
    you're that guy. When people are talking about something, you come crashing into the conversation raining on everyones parade.

    party pooper

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