Standing in line for iPhone reveals psychological issue?

Sep 21, 2012, 6:45 AM | Updated: 6:45 am

PHOENIX — A lot of people may stand in line to buy the new iPhone 5 at Apple stores on Friday morning, but does that betray a deeper psychological issue?

Valley psychologist Dena Cabrera can understand why people want an iPhone. She laughed as she said, “I have an iPhone, and I would literally sleep with mine if I could. Just kidding!”

For many people, standing in line all night to be the first to buy something gives them kind of a thrill, but Cabrera said some do it because they’re trying to define themselves using exterior objects.

“There’s that innate feeling in us that we want to be the first to experience things so that we can brag about it,” she said. “We can have that identity of this is what I own. This is what makes me me.”

Cabrera said that standing in line all night to buy something is fine once in a while, but if more often than that could be a problem.

“You have to step back and say ‘Gosh, is this going to interfere with my responsibilities?’ ” she said. ” ‘Am I going to be able to function tomorrow? Am I going to be able to go to work? Is this going to be a problem?’ ”

Cabrera said that if a person needs to stand in line all night to buy a product or going to a midnight showing of a film becomes “constant and consistent … that’s when you have to kind of re-evaluate your priorities,” she said.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Protesters in Phoenix shout as they join thousands marching around the Arizona state Capitol after ...

Associated Press

Abortion ruling supercharges Arizona to be an especially important swing state

A ruling this week instituting a near-total abortion ban supercharged Arizona's role, turning it into the most critical battleground.

54 minutes ago

Preston Lord murder suspect Talyn Vigil posted bond and was released from jail on April 12, 2024. (...

Talyn Vigil, suspect in murder of Preston Lord, posts bonds and is released from jail

Talyn Vigil, one of seven suspects indicted in the murder of 16-year-old Preston Lord in Queen Creek, posted bond and was released from jail Friday, authorities said.

4 hours ago

Santokh "Sam" Singh went missing in Gilbert on April 12, 2024. (DPS Photo)...

Silver Alert issued for 79-year-old man who went missing in Gilbert

A Silver Alert was issued Friday for a 79-year-old man who went missing in Gilbert earlier in the day, authorities said.

4 hours ago

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a Get Out The Vote rally ...

Associated Press

Trump pushes Arizona lawmakers to ‘remedy’ state abortion ruling that he says ‘went too far’

Donald Trump urged Arizona lawmakers on Friday to swiftly “remedy” the state court ruling allowing prosecutors to enforce an abortion ban.

5 hours ago

Runesha White, 22, is accused of stabbing a man in the back after he recorded a separate fight on A...

Woman arrested after fight leads to stabbing, shooting in Glendale

A woman was arrested and two people were hospitalized after a fight led to a stabbing and a shooting in Glendale on Wednesday night.

6 hours ago

A girl posing with another girl and a boy holds a cellphone to take a selfie in what appears to be ...

Kevin Stone

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoes school cellphone ban, says it’s unnecessary

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed a proposed student cellphone ban, saying "schools are already addressing" the issue.

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.


Fiesta Bowl Foundation

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade is excitingly upon us

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe is upon us! The attraction honors Arizona and the history of the game.


Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Valley residents should be mindful of plumbing ahead of holidays

With Halloween in the rear-view and more holidays coming up, Day & Night recommends that Valley residents prepare accordingly.

Standing in line for iPhone reveals psychological issue?