Exposing children to a lifestyle of excessive consumerism, however inadvertent, is a product of parenting. When parents consume in excess, they set an example for their children of how they should spend. Inevitably children adopt similar spendings habits and take on an analogous outlook on having “things”. Parents tend to give their children much more than what is necessary, triggering an expectation to have things.
Chasing the lure of the next great purchase, that one thing that will finally make you happy, can get addictive. Unfortunately, no matter how happy you are when you buy something, that feeling fades. The bills, however, don’t. Most families are burdened with too much credit card debt because they decided that having that next greatest thing was more important than saving or staying out of debt. The caused by excessive consumerism and financial turbulence is showcased in statistics for divorce, suicide, and healthcare costs.
2) Less Stuff
I would like to move excessive consumerism to ethical consumerism!
Excessive consumerism is both bad for the environment and it also stunts poverty reduction. Excessive consumerism has enlarged over time, as technology has grown, enhancing the way people look at consumerism.
Since the 1800s and the Industrial Revolution the world has been consuming at a higher rate than ever. The Revolution allowed products to be available in enormous quantities for the first time in history. Because of their unheard of low cost, products were basically made available to all. This unlimited access led to the era of Mass Consumption. It soon grew to be expected that people have the latest model of the newest appliance.. This philosophy soon morphed into people buying newer models based on appearance rather than function, and consumption continued to grow. Since the 1950s, people everywhere on the globe have consumed more goods than the combined total of people throughout history.
There are five basic stages of the: . This is the basis of the material economy. Planned obsolescence and perceived obsolescense are the main types of production that contribute to the excessive consumerism in America today.
: Companies design products so that people will need or want to throw them out soon after they buy them.
: Essentially “keeping up with the Joneses”. Companies use advertisements and gimmiky new models to convince the consumer that they need the new model.We do buy things for the little one and give presents- I still believe there is – but we try to limit the consuming and avoid living in excess. By being responsible in how we spend on him, we hope to set an example of fiscal responsibility. By giving him our time, we hope to skip the case of “gimmes” and help him understand what is truly valuable. I do not have a well-defined method that guarantees that he won’t yield to a lifestyle of excess consumerism, but I will do what I can to the best of my ability.