Yes, that title is "iPhones and illegal working conditions".
Most Americans are aware that iPhones are not manufactured in the United States; they are manufactured in China. Most electronics, and a whole lot of other products, are made in China.
I read an article today in the Washington Post about iPhones and the labor conditions that workers, as young as 12 years old, have to endure. So we rich Americans can have our little devices with all their apps and get online whenever we want to update our status on FB.
I don't have an iPhone currently, and after reading this article, I don't plan to ever buy one.
There are an abundance of social injustices in our world. Child labor is one of them. It's great that Americans are fortunate enough to live in a country that has seen fit to outlaw child labor (and with good reason). I find it extremely ironic though that American still support child labor through the sales of a plethora of household items. iPhones being one of them.
These children who help to make iPhones (usually working on a part of the product) are as young as twelve years old and work 12-16 hour days. According to the article, a Chinese working hour is 60 minutes. Read: no breaks. In the US, a minor that is working has to take a 15 minute break every four hours and have a one hour break for lunch every eight hours. Chinese minors are not as fortunate. And they only make about 70 cents an hour. You can click here for a list of articles from varying sites about Apple and the working conditions in the factories that make their products. Apparently 62% of factory workers building Apple products break the 60-hour work week.
The hypocrisy just makes me so angry. Now, if you own an iPhone and are reading this and know me personally, fear not, I will not go up to you and dump water on your iPhone. Here and now though, I want to encourage you to not buy any Apple products in the future. And to research before you buy other electronics. I know I'm going to.
Sound off: what do you think? How does this make you feel about your iPhone? Will you buy another one in the future?